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Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Okay, It Is Possible to Have Too Little Space

We’ve looked at some pretty small spaces like Felice Cohen’s 90 sq ft NYC apartment or Japan’s wan rūmu manshons. But these places feel palatial compared to the 16 sq ft “King’s Cube”.

“King’s Cube” is a “luxury” Hong Kong apartment that features “western-style, wood-like flooring” and “space utilization [that] is as high as 100%.” Incredible!

The video is actually a parody made by MFA student Joe Yiu to bring light to Hong Kong’s criminally small living spaces. Hong Kong is one of the densest and most expensive cities in the world. In order to house its population cheaply, apartment buildings like the one shown in the video are divided and divided again until an apartment is nothing but a bed. And as bad as the “reference” apartment is, when the host reveals the real King’s Cube apartment–which is the same size but lacking a window or any decor aside from a few wire hangers–you realize it could get indescribably worse.

While we’re obviously advocates for small-space living, putting candles in a roach motel does not equal luxury. And while it’s possible to live in what is effectively a human cubby hole, it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Obviously, there are many political and economic considerations in places like Hong Kong that go beyond the scope of this post, but it raises the question how small is too small?


  • Oh my Goodness, i like Tiny Homes but this is claustrophobia at its best LOL

  • t5001

    ok… I couldn’t even watch that, I had to stop it a little over half-way through. While I’m on board with editing’s one life… yikes… that was scary.

  • This is 3x smaller than the average U.S. prison cell (6-feet x 8-feet or 48 sq. ft.). It’s basically a twin-bed with walls. I guess there are very different standards of living in different countries and cultures. I wonder what their suicide rates are. I am all for “less, but better.” This apartment has plenty of less, but is not better.