Boxed In: Life Inside The “Coffin Cubicles” Of Hong Kong – Design You Trust

Boxed In: Life Inside The “Coffin Cubicles” Of Hong Kong

Photographer Benny Lam has documented the suffocating living conditions in Hong Kong’s subdivided flats, recording the lives of these hidden communities.

These small, wooden boxes of 15 sq ft, are known as ‘coffin cubicles’. Cage homes are minuscule rooms lived in by the poorest people in the city. Over the last 10 years, the number of cage homes made of wire mesh has decreased, but they’ve been replaced by beds sealed with wooden planks. The tenants are different ages and sexes – all unable to afford a small cubicle, which would allow more room to stand up

“I’m still alive and yet I am already surrounded by four coffin planks!” … Hong Kong’s cage home tenants.

The photographs highlight the reality of Hong Kong’s housing crisis, where tens of thousands of people live in these cramped conditions because they can’t afford anything else. All photographs: Benny Lam.

h/t: theguardian










If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Photo Manipulations by Geir Akselsen
The Dream Collector: Photographer Used His Camera to Recreate Children’s Nightmares From the 1960s
"The Genesis Of Design": Check Out This Amazing Display Of Carpets In Caverns
This Photographer Captured The Life Of A Ping Pong Table For 5 Years
Photo of the Day: The BeeOs
2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Using Flowers And Colour, Photographer Giseok Cho Documents His Generation Of Koreans
Unbelievable Macro Shots Taken Inside Instruments By The Romanian Artist Adrian Borda
Truthful Images That Show Why Holocaust Memorial Selfies Are So Disrespectful
Fabulous Found Photos Of An Unknown Man Posing With Hollywood’s Finest At The Oscars And More In 1994
Extraordinary Black And White Fashion Photography By John French In The 1950s And 1960s
Fantastic Portraits of Superheroes Set Against Tranquil Environments
Underwater Portraits Of People Diving Into A Freezing 4°C Dunking Pool
Vintage Photoshop Or The Spirit Photographs Of William Hope In The 1920s
Gorgeous Series Of Flowers Encased In Ice
Candid Photographs Captured Prostitution Scenes in Paris in 1966
Gorgeous Lifestyle And Beauty Portrait Photography By The Russian Photographer Alexey Polskiy
Photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer Shows Viewers The Beauty Of France, Shooting The Country In Infrared
Artistic Fine Art Portrait Photography By Cristina Otero
Photo Series Shows Pandemic Emotions, Starts Mental Health Talks
The Crazy Hair of Mexican Cholombiano Subculture in Photographs by Stefan Ruiz
Beaming 93-Year-Old Gleefully Models Granddaughter's Colorful Weavings
Cyberpunk, Neon And Futuristic Street Photos Of Seoul By Steve Roe
Japanese Action Figure Photographer Imagines Horror Icon “Cancelling” Friday The 13th