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immoimeme
04-30-2010, 12:12 PM
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China_Business/LD28Cb02.html

"China's 'homes' feel the squeeze
By Olivia Chung

HONG KONG - Soaring property prices in Beijing and other Chinese cities are giving rise to a new line of accommodation - "apartments" little wider than a narrow bed and hardly a meter longer, earning landlords ready cash at little cost and snapped up by young workers on low pay, often with families to support back home. "



IMO this isn't living, it's voluntary imprisonment.

Cupid
04-30-2010, 01:56 PM
The photo was shocking! A little porthole, no space whatsoever, no room for a fridge or microwave or anything? There must be another room somewhere that we don't see? Absolutely insane.

MOIJTO
04-30-2010, 02:00 PM
:lol: Room for TV and internet connections!

Home is where your heart is...literally!

Angelskates
04-30-2010, 02:24 PM
No one is forcing anyone to live there - they can live further away and pay more if they want. The girl in the article seemed pleased enough, and she's the one living there and paying! She is probably limited in her options as a migrant worker. There are far, far worse accommodation options here - plenty of rooms stuffed with bunk beds for those building the subways, plenty of tents outside being lived in by migrant workers, and plenty of homeless people too. This is another option - again, migrant workers choose to come to Beijing because it offers more than their home towns.

GarrAarghHrumph
04-30-2010, 02:32 PM
Some of the factories which offer dorms have conditions far worse than pictured in the attached. At least these capsule apartments are clean, and there's privacy and ventilation.

Photos in the attached:
http://www.chinahush.com/2010/04/01/capsule-apartment-appears-in-beijing-2-square-meters-each/

Capsule hotels have been quite popular in Japan for some time:
http://i1.accvietnam.vn/f/ichizine/s/7/Capsule%20hotel%20(17).jpg

cruisin
04-30-2010, 03:17 PM
I realize that no one forces anyone to live in these capsules. But I would be so claustrophobic! I wonder if there are any common rooms. Where are the bathrooms? I could not exist in a place where I could not move around, can that be healthy? I think I'd rather be in a tent (depending on the weather, of course). They look worse than prison cells.

orbitz
04-30-2010, 04:28 PM
The capsule hotel in Japan doesn't look bad at all if all you're looking for is a clean place to crash at night. If anything it forces you to spend more time exploring the city and not so much time in your "hotel" :).

The Beijing cube apartments are atrocious. The open grating roof makes it looks like an animal cage. You can't even fart in your own apartment without your neighbor hearing it.

GarrAarghHrumph
04-30-2010, 04:34 PM
The capsule hotel in Japan doesn't look bad at all if all you're looking for is a clean place to crash at night. If anything it forces you to spend more time exploring the city and not so much time in your "hotel" :).

The Beijing cube apartments are atrocious. The open grating roof makes it looks like an animal cage. You can't even fart in your own apartment without your neighbor hearing it.

I remember some old SROs in NYC that had ceilings like that.

Anita18
04-30-2010, 04:49 PM
Some of the factories which offer dorms have conditions far worse than pictured in the attached. At least these capsule apartments are clean, and there's privacy and ventilation.

Photos in the attached:
http://www.chinahush.com/2010/04/01/capsule-apartment-appears-in-beijing-2-square-meters-each/

Capsule hotels have been quite popular in Japan for some time:
http://i1.accvietnam.vn/f/ichizine/s/7/Capsule%20hotel%20(17).jpg
Yeah I was gonna say, I definitely read that Japan has had these for a while, and thanks to the stock market crash and soaring real estate prices, people are using them more long-term now.

The open grating sure is WEIRD though!

GarrAarghHrumph
04-30-2010, 04:52 PM
Yeah I was gonna say, I definitely read that Japan has had these for a while, and thanks to the stock market crash and soaring real estate prices, people are using them more long-term now.

The open grating sure is WEIRD though!

The open grating on the ceiling is a way to allow for air flow/ventilation and light. The Japanese compartment hotels are enclosed, because they provide for light and air flow mechanically into each capsule. The capsule apartments in China, like the old SRO hotels I mentioned in NYC, didn't have that kind of technology in use, so air flow and light were provided by simpler means - open grating on the ceiling. It's not pretty, but it works.

BigB08822
04-30-2010, 10:07 PM
I love the comment from someone who says that you might as well just die. You will be living in the same size space and with a lot less worries in life. :lol:

cruisin
04-30-2010, 10:27 PM
I love the comment from someone who says that you might as well just die. You will be living in the same size space and with a lot less worries in life. :lol:

Yes, but if you die, you can't get up and leave for a while. Unless of course you're a vampire :lol:

icedance21
04-30-2010, 10:55 PM
Why is the ceiling so unusually high considering the narrow width of the mini-apartment? Perhaps they could drop the ceiling and expand the sides a bit.

I doubt that an adult could even stand up anyways, you'd have to spend your whole time lying down or crouching.

BigB08822
04-30-2010, 10:57 PM
Why is the ceiling so unusually high considering the narrow width of the mini-apartment? Perhaps they could drop the ceiling and expand the sides a bit.

Well, as it is, you can't really stand up very straight anyway. If they expand the width but shorten the height then you can't stand up at all. I imagine that would be against code. I would have to be able to stand up from time to time. Although I guess most people will use these to only sleep in.

orbitz
04-30-2010, 11:11 PM
If there's a fire in that place, you're toast. I don't see any easy escape route just from looking at the picture.

Where does one keep clothings, etc.?

I'm afraid to ask what the blue bucket under the "bed" is used for.