People are increasingly leaving their homes and moving to emerging megacities. Dense population leads to the fact that the size of apartments in cities becomes more compact. Those who do not want to live in small apartments prefer to rent an apartment not alone, but in a couple with someone, but not everyone has such an opportunity due to lack of funds or due to personal obligations.
90-year-old Wang Cunchun from Shanghai lives with his 60-year-old son in an apartment with a total area of 9.9 square meters. m.
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Rental housing with a total area of 9.3 sq. m. in this area costs $ 0.04 - $ 0.06 per 1 sq. m.
A Hong Kong resident spends $ 487 a month renting a 5.5 sq. m.
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For comparison, Seattle resident John-Christian Stubblefield settled in a spacious studio apartment of 18.5 square meters. m.
“It was an affordable option in the city center, the rent of which turned out to be less than $ 1200,” Stubblefield said.
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Seattle resident Seungchula Yu is also perfectly satisfied with a living space of 18.5 square meters. m
In the Chinese city of Hefei, patients of a local hospital are forced to receive medical care in one of the rooms with an area of 6.3 square meters. m. located in a nearby building
In Hong Kong, real estate prices are so high that residents are forced to huddle in microscopic 3.2 sq. m.
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Last year, a compact residential complex with small apartments was officially launched in New York in the Mahatten area. Each area is about 27.8 sq. m.
The interior design is based on folding and built-in furniture. Cell rent ranges from $ 2,500 to $ 2,900
Sometimes even an apartment of 27 sq. m may seem like a palace, especially in comparison with the Keret House (in honor of the Israeli writer Edgar Keret) in Warsaw. The width of the narrowest part of the structure is only 0.91 m.
The house is so tiny that it can be regarded as an art installation. The Keret House periodically hosts the building's architect Jakub Szczezny and a select number of writers and artists
Keret House opened in 2012
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73-year-old Seoul resident Kong Kyung-Sun lives in a small cluttered apartment with a living area of only 1.95 square meters. m. (not counting the cubicle where the toilet and gas stove are located)
The apartment is located next to the fashionable area of the city
Residential complex in Hong Kong with an area of 55, 74 sq. m. includes 19 cells with an area of less than 2.3 sq. m. They are known as "cube houses" or "coffin houses"
The walls of the apartments are made of simple wooden panels. Renting such a room costs $ 150 / month
In Hong Kong, a large number of people live in so-called cage houses - two-story cages with an area of no more than 2 square meters. m.
Hundreds of elderly people such as Kun Syu-Kau live in similar conditions. One such building can accommodate 12 people.
Living conditions are rather poor
Until the Hong Kong government takes appropriate action, residents of such houses can only protest.
Based on materials from Business Insider.
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