Can you believe these are actually apartments? The stunning images of Hong Kong ‘living cubicles’ that look just like Borg cubes
These mind-boggling images capture the scale of soaring apartment blocks in one of the world’s most densely populated areas; Hong Kong.
As home to a population of more than seven million crammed into an area measuring just 424 square miles, space in Hong Kong is at a premium.
It means that, when it comes to providing accommodation for Hong Kong’s huge population, the only way to go is up.
Photographer Michael Wolf’s incredible shots capture the extreme scale of skyscrapers in one of the world’s most densely populated places; Hong Kong
The result is the soaring high-rise buildings captured to incredible effect by German photographer Michael Wolf in his project Architecture of Density.
The images reveal the densely packed apartments crammed into towering skyscrapers, with laundry spilling from barred windows and hanging over cramped balconies.
Earlier this year the Hong Kong-based Society for Community Organisation (SoCO) highlighted the plight of the city’s most under-privileged people, increasing numbers of whom are being forced to live in almost inconceivably small spaces.
In districts including Sham Shui Po, Yau Tsim Mong, and Kowloon City, families, elderly people and the unemployed are crammed into living quarters that are barely bigger than a toilet cubicle in some cases.
The combination of Hong Kong’s huge population and sky-high rents – around HKD$90 ($12) per square foot a month – has led to a housing shortage that is affecting hundreds of thousands of the city’s poorest people, SoCo said.
Washing can be seen hanging from the seemingly countless balconies of this towering Hong Kong apartment block
Hong Kong is home to a population of more than seven million people, squeezed into an area measuring just 424 square miles
The photographer documents some less than idyllic living quarters in Hong Kong, where charities have highlighted the plight of underprivileged residents trying to afford a home in a place where space is at a premium
The photographer has documented more building work underway in Hong Kong as the city struggles to find space for its already cramped population
This image of a pink tower block soaring high into the skies above Hong Kong could almost be mistaken for a piece of abstract art
Rent in Hong Kong costs around HKD$90 ($12) per square foot a month, and the waiting list for public housing is so long that urban slums have sprung up around the city
These photographs of Hong Kong’s apartment buildings appear to reflect a city bursting at the seams
Charities in Hong Kong have warned of the growing divide between the area’s rich elite and the increasing numbers living in poverty
German photographer Michael Wolf documents the extreme nature of Hong Kong’s urban developments in his series Architecture of Density
Attribution: Kerry Mcdermott, Mail Online