13 Febrero 2017 16:21
Those of us who enjoy cooking are always complaining: 'my kitchen is too small'. Well, here's a cold dose of reality to show us that we really don't have it so bad. There are some kitchens in the world that are closer in size to a toilet; kitchens so small you can't stack two plates in a row; kitchens where there's barely even room for the salt...
Here are 16 kitchens so tiny that they'll make yours look like a palace:
'It was an affordable option living inside the city's core for under $1,200,' Stubblefield (in the photo) told reporters from his studio in Seattle, Washington. He still has room for a dishwasher and microwave in his kitchen, despite the fact that the sink is not much bigger than an ashtray.
Hong Kong's notorious 'coffin houses' are less than 2.32 square metres, squeezed into a 55 square-metre apartment complex. A washbowl serves as a sink, and the rice cooker is just about all she has room for in her 'kitchen'.
73-year-old Kong Kyung-soon lives in this micro-apartment,which measures barely more than 2 square metres, in Seoul. Her kitchen is in her bathroom, and her fridge is in her bedroom.
Elizabeth Burguer now lives with her family in her mother's garage in Los Angeles, after they were forced to sell their home and possessions in 2009. A fridge and chopping board constitute the Burguers' kitchen.
The Keret House in Warsaw – just 0.9 metres wide and 27 square metres in total – is classified as an art installation. It's named after the Israeli author, Edgar Keret, who, together with architect and designer Jakub Szczesny, chooses the writers and artists to stay there for artistic residencies. Despite the reduced space, they've managed to fit in a decent sink and an induction hob.
One mother and son pay 487 dollars a month for this 5-and-a-half-metre microapartament in Hong Kong. The microwave and rice cooker carry out all the duties in the kitchen.
The Hong Kong Society for Community Organization is an NGO that denounces these living conditions. They launched a campaign revealing some of the most shocking cases of people living in subhuman conditions, somehow managing – with few resources, but lots of imagination – to survive in impossibly cramped dwellings. Some more examples:
A more extreme case is the 'cage home', also in Hong Kong, which doesn't even have walls. They are 2 metres wide and 0.6 metres long and their primary occupants are elderly men and bed bugs. Putrid smells abound. Thermos bottles and gas cookers are the main utensils for heating food.