In Hong Kong lack of space has increased so much that people are forced to live in wooden coffin cubicles here. These wooden boxes of 15 square feet are also called coffin cubicles due to the appearance of the coffin.
Property prices are going up day by day. Hong Kong is also struggling with this problem. The recent census of Hong Kong with a population of about 7.5 million suggests that a large population is living in these coffin cubicles as the country has no developed piece of land to expand.
People with low incomes are forced to live in boxes because there is no alternative and the price of house rent increases wildly. Boxed houses have kitchens and toilets together which are quite small and are made by connecting wood or wires.
To build a cage or coffin, these people rent or buy a house of about 400 square feet. Then turn it into a coffin cubicle with 20 double Decker beds. The rent for each bed is around $ 250 USD i.e. around 17,781 rupees a month.
Not only single youths or young women, but entire families are also staying in these boxed houses. According to The Society for Community Organization (SOCO), an NGO working for the betterment of the lives of underprivileged people in Hong Kong, around 2 lakh people, including 40,000 children, are living in these homes.
Most of the people living here work in restaurants as waiters, cleaners, security guards in malls and delivery workers who are unable to pay for open houses and start living in such houses. The houses are so small that people with a height of six feet can not stand up.
To sleep one has to sleep by shrinking the legs. With the help of Birds Eye View, photographs of these cubicles were taken and shown how due to lack of space, people are forced to live around the bed, cooking, going to the toilet, reading and living.
The number of these cages or coffin cubicles has increased rapidly in the last 10 years. The only difference was that earlier they were made by connecting wires, while now wooden bins are being made so that the residents can get a little privacy.
People of different ages and genders are living in these houses.