REcyclerie, the metamorphosis of an abandoned railway station

The Gare Ornano, nearby the Porte de Clignancourt, 18th arrondissement, Paris, offer sustainable activities integrating the three R model: reduce, reuse, recycle.

How to give a new lease of life to a dull metropolitan area or a miserable abandoned railway station? In Paris, where the development and promotion of urban areas has always been an absolute priority, the so-called “petite ceinture”, a 32 km long ancient railway that dates back to the first decades of the XIX century and has increasingly been replaced by the metropolitan and so fell into disuse, is going to be transformed into a sustainable art work.


The Gare Ornano, located nearby the Porte de Clignancourt, in the 18th arrondissement, houses the seat of the REcyclerie, a district including a sort of urban farm as well as a number of art and craftsman workshops open to the public. These integrate the three “R” model that stands for reduce – reuse – recycle. In places staged for the occasion in the  ex-station including a café, a terrace, a big  glass room (“salle des pas perdus”), an area dedicated to DIY works and many other rooms, children and adults can take part in all the activities included in the programme that concern environmental protectionlow-tech and traditional manual labours.


Gardeningrecycling of rain water, systems of phytopurification and sustainable farming techniques are some of the activities taking place in the public orchard, which is located in the inner farm that includes hens, garden with herbs, fruit trees and other plants. In the so-called “René’s workshop” objects and appliances are fixed and recycled.




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