The Coffin Cubicles Of Hong Kong

July 31, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting

With a population of nearly 7.5 million and very little developable land remaining, Hong Kong has become the least affordable housing market, making so-called ‘coffin cubicles’ common. United Nations have condemned these nightmarish cage-apartments as “an insult to human dignity” but according to the Society for Community Organisation, for some 200,000 people it’s still the only alternative.

Benny Lam has been documenting this by photographing Hong Kong’s so-called “coffin cubicles” in a photographic series entitled Trapped. Below you can find some of the astonishing pictures.

A 400-square-foot flat can be subdivided to accommodate nearly 20 double-decker sealed bed spaces.

Over the last 10 years, the number of cage homes made of wire mesh has decreased, but they’ve been replaced by beds sealed with wooden planks.

Ah Tin lives in a 12-square-foot bed, closed in by rows and rows of wires. Sorrow has destroyed his appetite, and he rarely eats.

“I’m still alive, and yet I am already surrounded by four coffin planks!” says one of Hong Kong’s cage home tenants.

This 50-square-foot cubicle is a multi-function space for the Leung family: it’s their sleeping room, dinning room, and kitchen.

Mr. Leung is one of the few cage dwellers who reads extensively. He’s held down a variety of temporary jobs in his life. However, he’s now too old to get a job and so spends his time reading, escaping from the world of misery and poverty that surrounds him.

A kitchen-toilet complex in a cage home

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