For those who don’t already know, Hong Kong is home to a population of more than seven million people that are all crammed into an area of just 424 square miles. These fascinating images show just how architecturally dense the area is. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

The result is the soaring high-rise buildings captured to incredible effect by German photographer Michael Wolf in his project Architecture of Density. The images reveal the densely packed apartments crammed into towering skyscrapers, with laundry spilling from barred windows and hanging over cramped balconies.

In districts including Sham Shui Po, Yau Tsim Mong, and Kowloon City, families, elderly people and the unemployed are crammed into living quarters that are barely bigger than a toilet cubicle in some cases. The combination of Hong Kong’s huge population and sky-high rents – around HKD$90 (£8) per square foot a month – has led to a housing shortage that is affecting hundreds of thousands of the city’s poorest people, SoCo said.

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