Monday, March 4, 2013

Coffin Apartment

I’m sure most of us have heard of Japan’s capsule hotel. Basically, it’s a small, no-frills hotel where people can rent a bed a bed for the night that resembled a space capsule. Taking inspiration from that, Tokyo now has what the Japanese called “coffin apartments”.

With sky-high rents in the capital of Japan, some young Japanese now decided that it’s okay to live in a glorified closet. The “apartments” are essentially locker-sized sleeping quarters stacked on top of one another, and residents have to share bathrooms and communal living spaces. Rent for these “coffin apartments” can range between $500 to $1000, which is a lot more than the infamous “cage houses” in Hong Kong. Those cost about $150.

With housing prices such a problem in Singapore, who knows? Maybe in the near future, we’ll see this in Singapore as well. Coming to a place near you; Singapore’s Coffin/Cage Houses!

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