Collection by Patrick Sisson

The New Underground: Subway Stations Reimagined

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In a campaign pledge last week that resembles a high school candidate’s promise to give out free pop during lunchtime, Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, of the center-right UMP party, floated the idea of reworking the abandoned “ghost stations” on the Paris metro. Photos released by her campaign, created by architects Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné, show unused stops reimagined as public hotspots boasting amenities such as a swimming pool, theatre and concert hall, nightclub, art gallery and restaurant. While the move hasn’t made waves with the voting public, we love the idea. Here’s a selection of other plans, proposals and projects that reconceptualize what can be done underground.

Arsenal Subway Stop -- Paris Here’s Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné proposal to turn the underground station at...
Arsenal Subway Stop -- Paris Here’s another proposal from the same architects to transform the same space into a...
The Low Line -- New York Pitched in the wake of the High Line’s incredible success, the Low Line calls for turning an...
Brompton Road Station -- London Entrepreneur Ajit Chambers told the BBC in 2012 that he wanted to purchase the...
Underbelly Project -- New York In 2010, street artists Workhorse and PAC illegally staged a massive exhibit of art in...
Musical Subways -- New York Last year, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy proposed turning the subway into a...
Dupont Underground -- Washington, D.C. Where others see an abandoned trolley station below Dupont Circle, architect...
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