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Ghost stations of Paris transformed into galleries, nightclubs, restaurants

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 Paris is well-known for its tourist attractions underground -- including sewers and crypts -- so its unsurprising that disused underground real estate is now under the scrutiny of developers.

Abandoned subway station? No problem. How about we turn it into a nightclub? Or a swimming pool?

The ghost stations of Paris are many. Sometimes shut due to a lack of passengers -- or simply never used -- in a city where living costs are extremely high and residential properties hard to come by, any means of capitalizing on space should be considered. 

A candidate for Mayor of Paris, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, has proposed some ideas to rejuvenate these  disused spaces -- by transforming ghost stations in to galleries, restaurants, parks and night clubs. With the help of architectural firm OXO Associates, renders of what the underground stations could become have now been created. 

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In a statement, OXO says:

"To swim in the metro seems like a crazy dream, but it could soon come true. Turning a former metro station into a swimming pool or a gymnasium could be a way to compensate for the lack of sports and leisure facilities in some areas."


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Whether the candidate gallops ahead in the race for mayor or not, her ideas have proven popular, and The Week reports that despite the result, the stations will possibly be repurposed regardless. 

Via: Wired 

— By on February 20, 2014, 2:35 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure