These photographs were taken for SoCO, an NGO fighting for policy changes and decent living standards in the city
A 400 sq ft flat can be subdivided to accommodate nearly 20 double-decker sealed bed spaces
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Many cage home residents awake to the cruel reality that all the shimmer and prosperity of Hong Kong is out of reach
9 | The kitchen sees a repetition of grey tiles and a paler floor that matches overhead cupboards, kept light to achieve an airier feeling in a heavily utilized space; however, the main body of the kitchen stays in-keeping with the wood tone seen throughout the rest of the home.
6 | The expanse of wood grain cleverly conceals storage nooks, and subtly extrudes to form a dresser and surround shelving in the bedroom. A modern platform bed is constructed with matching material, including room-width headboard and bedsides installation.
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 Over the last 10 years, the number of cage homes made of wire mesh has decreased, but they’ve been replaced by beds sealed with wooden planks
These small, wooden boxes of 15 sq ft, are known as ‘coffin cubicles’
The G Seven Hong Kong wooden apartment in the upper class residential district of Braemar Hill, on the Hong Kong Island, was recently renovated by Fixonic. Modern wood paneling adorn the interior spaces and make each room inviting and unique. Custom-designed to create a continuous design that links all the spaces together, the apartment displays a playful combination of decorative wood and custom built furniture, office desk and storage facilities, all made out of wood. The white walls seem to accentuate the extensive use of wood and also smooth out the design. Custom white furniture was added to break the wooden design into smaller, more effective lines. Finding this beautiful Hong Kong Wooden Apartment on Home Designing meant being able to draw inspiration from the extensive use of a very common building material. Sharing this project with you, Freshome’s readers, means that we can all indulge in a little dreaming. So, after you look at the photos, please let us know which part of the residence you enjoyed the most.
‘I’m still alive and yet I am already surrounded by four coffin planks!’ … Hong Kong’s cage home tenants. All photographs : Benny Lam
An estimated 100,000 people in Hong Kong live in inadequate housing, according to the Society for Community Organisation (SoCO)
Photographer Benny Lam has documented the suffocating living conditions in Hong Kong’s subdivided flats, recording the lives of these hidden communities
The tenants are different ages and sexes – all unable to afford a small cubicle, which would allow more room to stand up
13 | Chrome fixtures and fittings, and clever recessed lighting keep this boxy home bright with a technological edge, though if there were one thing we would like to see more boxed in, it would be that white boiler on the black bathroom wall!
Benny Lam’s series Trapped was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet 2017
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
10 | The bathroom is decorated in stark contrast to the warm wood, with cool anthracite floor, slate feature tiles, and grey veined marble walls.
Boxed in: life inside the ‘coffin cubicles’ of Hong Kong – in pictures
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Take a look at the G Seven home renovation by Fixonic in upper class Braemar Hill, at the south of North Point on the Hong Kong Island. This home is decorated with contemporary wood paneling to the interior spaces, with the grain flowing continuously between living areas, and cladding furniture such as the home office built in desks and storage bank.
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3 | Too much wood effect can become overpowering, so the décor is broken up throughout with areas of plain white walls and elements of simple white furniture.