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北京现胶囊公寓Capsule Apartment appears in Beijing

(2010-04-03 09:20:17)
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Recently, a 78 year old man Huang Rixin (黄日新) built 8 units of “Capsule Apartment” in Liulangzhuang, Haidian district in Beijing. Each unit is less than 2 square meters, but in the unit tenant can lie down, sit, watch TV and go on the internet. After Huang Rixin accidentally saw the Capsule hotel from Japan on the newspaper last year, he had the idea of building his own “Capsule Apartment”. He stated that building this kind of apartment is not for making money; he only wants to solve the transitional housing problem for college students who just graduated from college.

 

One dollar per day, way cheaper than the Japanese capsule hotel.

一天一美元,比日本的胶囊公寓还便宜。

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Capsule hotels in Tokyo are widely popular. It’s designed for businessmen who worked too late to catch the train or stayed out drinking all night, but now those hotels are mainly occupied by the working poor. Renting a coffin-sized capsule for one night costs about 30 dollars.

胶囊公寓在日本非常普遍。它是为了那些工作太晚赶不上火车或者整夜喝酒不归的人设计的,但,目前这些公寓主要是那些贫穷的工人们居住。租一个棺材大小的胶囊公寓每晚大概要三十美元。

Inspired by Japan’s capsule hotel, Huang Rixin, a retired electricity engineer living in Beijing, built several portable capsule apartments for lease. A capsule apartment is a bit less than 2 square meters, featuring TV, Internet connection and a small desk. The renting price? 200 to 250 yuan per month or a night in Tokyo’s capsule hotel.

受日本胶囊公寓的启发,黄日新,住在北京的退休电工,建了几间移动胶囊公寓供出租。这个公寓还不到2平方米,装配有电视、互联网接入和一张小桌子。租赁价格是每月200到250元,仅相当于在日本一晚的价格。

Apparently, the capsule apartment is far less comfortable and posh than the well-designed sci-fi space capsule in Japan. The apartment design is as horrible as a circus cage; the bed is too hard; no air conditioner; and your neighbors can hear your fart. The good thing: The capsule apartments’ residents enjoy enough upward room for standup and large overhead air window, which possibly would make them feel less depressed.

显然,北京的胶囊公寓远不如日本的舒适、漂亮。这公寓的设计就像马戏团的笼子一样。床很硬,没空调,放个屁隔壁都能听到。当然,也有好的一面,胶囊公寓的住户有足够的上部空间可以站起来,有开阔的顶部窗户,这些让他们感觉到不会很压抑。

The capsule apartment originally was built for job-seeking university graduates. However, only a couple of migrant workers showed their interest in it and later they were all driven off after the landlord quoted the rent. It seems that the capsule apartment hasn’t yet copied the popularity of Japan’s capsule hotel.

胶囊公寓本为刚毕业要找工作的大学生设计的。然而,只有几个外地民工对此有兴趣,听到房租的价钱后,他们都走了。好像胶囊公寓还没复制到它在日本的普遍性。

The old man has invested tens of thousands yuan on his capsule apartments. “I don’t care whether it will earn back the money,” said Huang, 78, he just wants to help the disadvantaged. Maybe he should lower the rent if he really doesn’t care about the money.

这位老人已经在他的胶囊公寓上投资了数万元。“我不在乎是否能赚回投资。”78岁的黄先生说,他只是想帮助那些贫困的人。也许,如果他真的不在乎钱的话,应该降低房租。

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