October 03, 2017

11 crazy pictures of micro-apartments around the world

by Neha Monga

As the population continues to explode and more and more people move into cities, the size of our apartments keeps getting smaller and smaller.

Some people make the smart move and get roommates to avoid living in such small accommodations. While others due to unavoidable situations and poverty, have no option but to live in such close quarters.

Let’s take a look at some of the smallest apartments around the world:

1. Wang Cunchun, 90, lives with his 60-year-old son in a 107-square-foot apartment in Shanghai, China.

Wang Cunchun, 90, lives with his 60-year-old son in a 107-square-foot apartment in Shanghai, China.

2. The Burger family from Los Angeles, California, lost their home in 2009 and now live in a converted garage in wife Elizabeth Burger’s mother’s home. 

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The Burger family from Los Angeles, California, gets ready in a converted garage in wife Elizabeth Burger's mother's home. The family lost their home in 2009 and was forced to sell their possessions.

3. In a 60-square-foot apartment in Hong Kong, a mother spends $487 a month to house herself and her son.

In a 60-square-foot apartment in Hong Kong, a mother spends $487 a month to house herself and her son.

4. In the Chinese city of Hefei, patients who can’t afford a bed at the local hospital are forced to receive treatment in one of the 86-square-foot rooms in a nearby apartment building.

In the Chinese city of Hefei, patients who can't afford a bed at the local hospital are forced to receive treatment in one of the 86-square-foot rooms in a nearby apartment building.

5. Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia, in the middle of Mumbai, India, houses more than a million people. The rent for a 100-square-foot home ranges from $0.04 per square foot to $0.06 per square foot.

The rent for a 100-square-foot home ranges from $0.04 per square foot to $0.06 per square foot.

6. Simon Wong, an unemployed 61-year-old man also living in Hong Kong, lives in a 4’x6′ box. He’s one of many residents living in so-called “coffin homes.”

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Simon Wong, an unemployed 61-year-old man also living in Hong Kong, lives in a 4'x6' box. He's one of many residents living in so-called "coffin homes."

7. Sometimes even 300 square feet is considered palatial. The Keret House in Warsaw, Poland (named after Israeli writer Edgar Keret) is just 36 inches wide at its narrowest point.

The house opened its door (it only fits one) in 2012.

8. In Hong Kong, the real-estate prices per square foot are so high that people occupy rooms as small as 35 square feet just to live affordably.

In nearby Hong Kong, the real-estate prices per square foot are so high that people occupy rooms as small as 35 square feet just to live affordably.

9. Kong Kyung-soon, 73, lives in a cramped apartment with just 21 square feet of living space, excluding the area for her toilet and hot plate.

Kong Kyung-soon, 73, lives in a cramped apartment with just 21 square feet of living space, not including the area for her toilet and hot plate.

10. Inside a 600-square-foot apartment complex in Hong Kong sit 19 units, all measuring less than 25 square feet. Known as “cubicle homes” or, more ominously, “coffin homes,” the units are comprised of just two wooden panels set together. The rental is $150 a month.

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With rent costing $150 a month, the units are comprised of just two wooden panels set together. Residents are just steps from shopping and financial districts.

11. Another style is the “cage home,” a stackable six-foot by two-foot wire box, also located in Hong Kong. Hundreds of elderly men, such as Kong Siu-Kau, live in these conditions. In one such building, up to 12 men can live together in tightly packed cages. 

Hundreds of elderly men, such as Kong Siu-Kau, live in these conditions. In one such building, up to 12 men can live together in tightly packed cages.

The conditions are squalid. There are bed bugs and putrid smells.           Image courtesy: Reuters

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