The tiniest living spaces in the world

19-03-2017

(WorldKings) From £400-a-month 'coffin apartments' in Hong Kong to one-room-families in LA, how cities are now full to bursting

The world isn't getting any bigger, but its population certainly is. 

And for many of its most condensed cities, it's the poorest who must bear the brunt of a worsening battle for space.

In Hong Kong, where the cost of property has more than doubled since 2012, some are forced to live in spaces ominously referred to as 'cage homes' or 'coffin apartments' - tiny, cramped and for what they are, ludicrously expensive.

One woman pictured here lives with her young son in a 60-sq-ft room for a staggering £400 per month. Not far away, a man lives alone in an even smaller coffin apartment, measuring just 20-sq-ft. There's not even enough space to stand up and yet he pays £182 per month.

In South Korea, 73-year-old divorcee Kong Kyung-soon makes do with little more than six square feet in Seocho-gu, adjacent to the wealthy Gangnam suburb in Seoul.

Other living situations documented here include the family-of-three who lost their home during the 2009 financial crisis and had to move into a Los Angeles garage; and the 300-sq-ft micro-apartments in New York City, which cost a whopping $2,700 (£2,218) per month.

 

Home prices have increased nearly 50 per cent since 2012 in Kong Kong, making the property here among the most unaffordable in the world - and forcing some to live in these stackable 'cage homes'

 

Some of these inhabitants have lived in caged homes for decades, paying around the equivalent of £185 per month in rent

 

The alternative in Hong Kong is one of these 60-sq-ft 'coffin' apartments. This woman lives in one with her young son for around £400 per month

 

In 2011, Tracy Burger, his wife Elizabeth and their son, pictured, were forced to move into the cramped one-room garage attached to the house of Elizabeth's mother after losing their jobs during the 2009 financial crisis

 

In 2011, Tracy Burger, his wife Elizabeth and their son, pictured, were forced to move into the cramped one-room garage attached to the house of Elizabeth's mother after losing their jobs during the 2009 financial crisis

 

She boils water in a rice cooker to save money and pays around £280 per month to live here, having divorced more than 30 years ago after her husband was caught having a string of affairs and then a love-child 

 

Simon Wong, a 61-year-old unemployed man, pays £183 per month to live in this box, which measures just four by six feet

 

In the Chinese city of Hefei, a patient who can't afford a bed at the local hospital camps out in the tiny room of a nearby apartment complex instead

 

The Indian slum of Dharav in Mumbai is home to more than a million people who live hand-to-mouth in tiny shacks like thes

 

For Colorado couple Merete Mueller, left, and Christopher Smith, right, living small is a choice. They've built a tiny home on land near Hartsel, measuring 19 by seven feet
This apartment block, located in New York's Kips Bay neighbourhood, is the city's first micro-unit development, with studios in the region of $2,700 (£2,218) per month, measuring around 300-sq-ft, and equipped with space-saving pull-out tables

 

 

According to dailymail.co.uk


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