The ‘Coffin Homes’ of Hong Kong “棺材之家”
There is a “dark side to the property boom in wealthy Hong Kong, where hundreds of thousands of people priced out of the market must live in partitioned apartments, ‘coffin homes’ and other inadequate housing.”
These residents are among an estimated 200,000 people in Hong Kong living in such tiny subdivided units, some so small that a person cannot even fully stretch out their legs.
Photos Credit: Benny Lam
The popularity of sub-divided units Taken from a bird’s eye view and with a brand-new focal point, these photos show the ugly fashion of partitions; tiny apartments demanding outrageous costs. Glittering Hong Kong Glossy photos stand in stark contrast to dark lives in cage homes and coffin cubicles, uncovering the reality hidden underneath Hong Kong’s glamorous and prosperous appearance. The two of us – doing our homework on the bed The two girls have to bend over their homework whether they are on the upper or the lower deck of the bunk bed. The family, with little income, can only afford to live in the 40-square-feet cubicle that has no window. There is no space for a desk, only a small wardrobe and a bunk bed. When they do their homework, the younger sister sits on the bottom and the elder on the top bunk. With only a fan running, the two are soaked with sweat before they even finish it. Climbing up and down the bunk bed and arguing with each other is the girls’ only entertainment when they get bored doing their homework. Children’s paradise A photographic record of the 40,000 little lives growing up in the neglected buildings Facing it with optimism Capturing every stubborn smile, this series salutes those never-complaining, determined, incredible individuals who add so much to society yet receive so little in return. Home ownership These photos of the 15sq ft “homes” can only shock and bewilder. Good food kitchen Images of kitchen-toilet complexes revealing a way of life that is awful beyond belief.