When you live in a country with a population of 1.3 billion, you quickly get accustomed to uncomfortably tight spaces: whether it be squeezing into crowded subways; turning a public swimming pool into an aquatic mosh pit; or shuffling through a crowd of 500,000 revellers at Lantern Festival celebrations. However, images of these capsule apartments in Beijing show the extreme lengths some people are willing to take when it comes to conserving living space.
More reminiscent of a Shire dwelling befitting of a Hobbit than an apartment for fully-grown human beings, these minuscule living quarters will definitely not appeal to claustrophobics. Yet, this Spartan style of accommodation has enjoyed a spike in popularity due to its affordability—one can generally be rented out for 100 RMB per day (approximately US$15). The 160-square-metre apartment featured in a recent China Daily report contains 20 of these capsules—each with economic dimensions that will blow your mind (7.2 feet long, 4.1 feet high, and 3.9 feet wide).
Previously on Shanghaiist:
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By Liam Bourke