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The Chinese Parking Lot Size Studio Apartment

Updated on October 17, 2012

Can you imagine living in a studio apartment the size of a parking space, basically, 10.5 ft wide x 15.5 ft long? It is about 160 square feet of living space.

In China, 50 million of its 230 million live in substandard conditions with no bathroom or kitchen and China needs to build 30 million apartments per year until 2030 to meet demand. Many of China's educated actually live in poor conditions because they are just starting out in careers and cannot afford the better mid to high end apartments, not to mention the many low income Chinese workers that build its stunning skyscrapers. All these low end earners need a place, a decent place, to live.

China Vanke, a developer has created this solution, which may be adopted. In New York, micro apartments are 300 sq. feet.

The cost of this tiny living space will be affordable for even the low income at $21,000. To give you an idea how much one can cram into a small space, consider this: the kitchen is 4.6 ft . long, the bathroom is 3.6 x 4.7 ft, the combo living\bedroom is 7.4 ft. long. The bathroom has a shower only and the bed converts to a sofa. Most apartments sell like a house, they are not rented month to month and the average Chinese worker works eight years before they can afford a 1100 sq. ft. apartment.


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    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Quarter that an you have my husbands new global work space. His company just moved about 3,000 people up to Palo Alto, each person has about a 3 foot work surface and a storage drawer. The surfaces are configured in a bow tie shape so that there are four people to a pod. If its good for China, it's good for California.

      Is low income in China so high these days that they can afford $21,000 ? I am behind the times.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Must 230 million low incomers.

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      6 years ago

      Wait a minute, "50 million of its 230 million". China has over 2 billion people. Plus, they're little folks, give them tree houses.


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