Space is at a premium in Hong Kong, and Coffin Cubicles reflect that. These tiny quarters, roughly the size of half a parking space, are where 200,000 Hong Kong residents eat, sleep, and clean themselves.
In Hong Kong, coffin cubicles are a relatively new phenomena. They began to appear in the early 2000s as the city’s population grew and housing became increasingly pricey. Coffin Cubicles are often the only choice available to many people.
Living in such tight quarters can be challenging, but Hong Kongers have made the best of a bad situation. Some Coffin Cubicles have been converted into mini-homes, complete with curtains, photographs, and personal things on display.
Despite the limitations, Coffin Cubicles provide a unique view into Hong Kongers’ life and the city’s distinct culture.