Cramped Apartments in Hong Kong Shot From Directly Above

“In the middle of last year, The Economist released rankings for the world’s most livable cities, and Hong Kong was found at the top. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is a percentage of Hong Kong residents living in rather horrid conditions.

In an attempt to draw attention to the issue, human rights organization Society for Community Organization recently commissioned a series of photographs showing what a number of unacceptable living spaces look like when viewed from directly overhead.

   According to the SoCO, over 100,000 people live in tiny “cubicle apartments” in the city. These are 40-square-foot living spaces created by dividing already-small apartments into multiple units.

Residents go about their lives in these confined spaces, sleeping on one corner, eating in another, storing their belongings in a third, and perhaps watching a TV that’s found in a fourth.

   SoCO’s wide-angle photographs capture how cramped these spaces really are by showing everything within them in a single frame. The images were likely captured by simply fixing a camera with a wide-angle lens to the ceiling, and then triggering a shot remotely (the photographer cannot be seen in the image).…”

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11 Responses to Cramped Apartments in Hong Kong Shot From Directly Above

  1. Martin says:

    Ah, yes, tiny, tiny homes….

  2. Anonymous says:

    Vermin must be a real problem. Eeewwww.

  3. Owl says:

    One of my twitter followers just mentioned there is a QR code tucked in the bottom corner of the image. It brings up a message to send to the Hong Kong authorities to request for speeding up provision of better quality accommodation for those living in cramped conditions.

    I just thought I would pass on her knowledge for you :o)

  4. Yikes, that is just way too small for humans to be living in. There is cozy living and then there is too small to be healthy living.

  5. Anonymous says:

    about forty years ago an elderly friend of mine, went to visit friends in Hong Kong. from the sounds of it, the family lived in a space about this size. even more interesting, they all had to be "out" by a certain time, as the "apartment" was shared by two separate groups of people/families. each had it for twelve hours.

  6. Bonnie Ash says:

    Japan's capsule hotels are now becoming homes to Tokyo's working poor. These spaces are 4x3x7 and accomodate a bed to sleep in. They are stacked one atop another in rows. In Hong Kong cage homes are similar, but without the walls of the capsule hotels. These HK homes are actually metal cages, a bit more spacious and airy than capsules, but generally dirty little squalors.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Obviously, those ARE acceptable homes to those living there. Who would argue otherwise?

    However, it does by comparison make a typical tiny home seem palatial.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I've lived and worked in Hong Kong and I think it's a very safe, clean, cosmopolitan city with a world class feel to nearly everything. Like all wealthy societies, there is a dark underbelly to the shine.

    The city attracts rural workers who migrate in from the poorer provinces in hopes of generating enough revenue for families back home. These people usually end up in the service industry, domestic work while some are even exploited. Since space is a premium on the densely-populated City, rental fees are logically very, very expensive. Most of these poor workers end up living in makeshift shacks on roof tops or in squalid alleys in the older run-down districts. Only a very few receive government assistance. And given the percentage of high-income earners in this City, it's astounding that they could be so sterile about charity and human compassion. But in this City, money trumps human dignity.

    Not everyone in Hong Kong thinks this way but the majority of the people you encounter in every day life worship Mammon. They live to work and work to live so that they could have all the perks, status and trappings of wealth. It's both admirable and tragic at the same time.

    I enjoyed my time there but I couldn't wait to get back to green rural land and clean air.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Last month in Paris a housing charity revealed the case of a tenant who lived for 15 years in a 17-square-feet flat for 330 euros = 390 dollars a month.
    At the same time a single mother was evicted with her son from her 43 square-feet flat (amount of the rent : 200 euros a month)
    It is illegal in France for landlords to rent out apartments that have less than 96 square feet of habitable space, but many continue to flout the law. And many tenants and their families are living in closets.
    On the other side there is a new trend : young, broke people try to rent offices in empty buildings. Short-term leases. Tenants have to follow very strict rules and they have to live in wide, cold and impersonal open spaces, but it' rather inexpensive. For example : 2150 sq ft for 200 euros = 260 dollars – a month.

  10. Welcome to hell. It's like watching obese families feeding their babies soft drinks and junk food…the desire to scream ALTERNATIVES EXIST! is almost overwhelming.

  11. The sad thing is that those trapped in these conditions have no idea how to get out.
    Makes me more grateful for my little (1100 sq ft) house and 50' x 130' yard!

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