Regular readers of House & Home will know that two important themes in 21st-century living – prefabrication and downsizing – cannot be ignored. The first means we can not only build easily but also, in some cases, literally move house with little effort and expense. The second reflects the growing number of peripatetic singletons and small families among us who see social and environmental benefits in living small.

The latest contribution to both these genres, featured on, is a beach-house-cum-tent that is sophisticated and comfortable yet also practical and terrifically tiny. Paco Cube (pictured), which costs Y6.3m from, is a portable living cube designed by Nagasaka Hisashi that boasts everything a homeowner needs, from a kitchen, shower and toilet to a sleeping hammock, desk and lighting.

There are also hydraulic lifts that unlatch the roof, a small door in the kitchen leading to the outside for barbecuing, waterproof fabric encasing the shower and hook-ups to supply water, heat, electricity and sewage disposal.

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