If you’re a born and bred Hongkonger, chances are you’re well acquainted with the cramped living conditions of the city. Due to the high population density and lack of supply, this has led to great housing demand and staggering rent prices, which in turn has sparked the birth of subdivided flats and caged homes. We’re all familiar with the shoebox apartments here, but surprisingly, the world’s smallest home isn’t in Hong Kong. If you’re feeling discouraged by the living conditions of the city, take a look at the tiny homes around the world to make yourself feel better:
The world’s smallest home – Germany
Whoever thought that the world’s smallest home would be in Germany? German architect Van Bo Le-Mentzal decided to create a tiny house with only 1 square metre of mobile living space. Despite the extremely cramped living conditions, the house is equipped with a door, windows and can transform into a bedroom when laid flat on the floor. Although this home doesn’t provide the most flexible living space, you can wheel this house around and literally live anywhere in the world!
The world’s thinnest house – Poland
And the award for the world’s thinnest house goes to…Poland! The world’s thinnest house is designed by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny and it is situated in Warsaw, Poland. Although the width of the narrow home is only between 0.7-1.2 metres (which barely leaves enough room to fully stretch out your arms), the house is well equipped with all kinds of facilities, including a bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen.
“Goshiwon”– South Korea
Similar to the concept of subdivided flats in Hong Kong, “Goshiwon” refers to study box rooms shared by 6 people in an apartment. You’re probably wondering who would willingly suffer through such harsh living conditions, but the original purpose of this home design was to provide university students with a quiet study space. Although the study box rooms are extremely tiny, it is well equipped with soundproof walls and basic facilities to maximize the concentration of the students.
“Geki-Sema” – Japan
Due to expensive rent in big cities, young people cannot afford to live in a normal apartment and therefore have to resort to “geki-sema” in Tokyo. Also known as coffin homes, these so-called “homes” often don’t include a window and only provide ample room to store household items. If you’re claustrophobic, this type of housing arrangement would probably be a living nightmare for you.
Tricycle House – China
If you’re looking for a cheap mobile home, the tricycle house might be a good choice for you. Although the living space is tiny and cramped, the tricycle house provides a lot of flexibility, where you can easily transform your dining table into a bed. The house also comes with an eco-friendly and energy efficient design, as the exterior is made of transparent materials, which brings in natural light in the daytime.