Paco by Jo Nagasaka & Sschemata

March 18th, 2009

Paco is white 3m x 3m x 3m cube designed by Jo Nagasaka & Sschemata Architecture Office Ltd. It offers the minimum equipement to live on such a small space; it has a hammock, a table, a toilet, a shower,  … You can open the roof or place it where ever you want. It would be nice to lay in the hammock on nice beach right now.

Paco by Sschemata Architecture Office

Paco by Sschemata Architecture Office

Paco by Sschemata Architecture Office

Paco by Sschemata Architecture Office

Paco by Sschemata Architecture Office

Paco by Sschemata Architecture Office

Paco by Sschemata Architecture Office

Paco by Sschemata Architecture Office

56 Responses to “Paco by Jo Nagasaka & Sschemata”

  1. Paco by Jo Nagasaka & Sschemata – today and tomorrow - telegadotorg Says:

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  2. Nazara Says:

    very interesting. they don´t have space for more house, so they need solutions like this.

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  4. Trey Says:

    truly a great design. very innovative. windows may help with people

    literally, the world has run out of room for houses, nazara you are absolutely right. theres no space left. everyone just lives packed together in large cities so to conserve space everyone needs to buy one of these immediately.

  5. i think Says:

    that it needs a kitchen!!!

  6. today and tomorrow - pieter Says:

    what about take-away?

  7. Impractical Says:

    this isnt practical. what about heat? insulation? air conditioning? security? yes, there needs to be windows….

    not only that, but what about families? the claustrophobic? minimalism is not the answer. far too few people would ever bother with something like this. people tend to forget that there are other needs to living a healthy, fulfilling life. comfort, interaction, differentiation. such minimalist pods can not support these necessities.

    there seems to be very little room for storage. this can have many poor consequences, namely to the economy. if you have a little pod house filled with everything you can fit in it, what the point of working? production and consumption would drop, the economy would flounder. a world of pods would become a shit hole filled with crime, apathy and or greed would rule.

    i hate it when i stumble upon something like this…

  8. He is right you know Says:


    I think I have to agree with you. This is an insensitive design… clever looking but pointless. I also dislike stumbling on things like this… but then I stumble across a wonderful piece of architecture and all is well.

  9. Healy Says:

    Agreed that this extreme minimalist style is not a favorite of mine – and nothing beats natural lighting. Perhaps there’s thoughts for engineering a flexible enclosure system for the pop top if not the addition of window openings!

    It may not be a solution – more like a study in potential…

  10. Linus Bern Says:

    Wow impractical,

    I look at this and see somethings I like about it, and somethings I don’t. You look at it and see a bleak apocalyptic future.

    I’d tell you to lighten up, but I like your morbid pessimism.

  11. Douglas Barnes Says:

    I wonder how long I could stay in there before psychosis set in? Not long, I suspect.

  12. Traroth Says:

    The white, clinical, design disturbs me. No windows, no kitchen, no furniture…

    A home is not only a roof and walls with a bed, a WC and a shower. It’s a place you like to be, for begin with. When I see this, I immediatly know I wouldn’t like to stay there…

  13. ew Says:

    Is that a prison cell from the future?
    I would like sleeping in a hammock with the roof open, but the rest really, really sort of sucks.

  14. mike Says:

    Now all he need’s is a mac pro and 30″ widescreen, mac.

  15. Richard Says:

    While this might look small to the Americans accustomed to huge rooms (by international standards), to many Japanese, this is a fairly large area to live in, with more amenities than many are accustomed to. There are plenty of apartments in Tokyo at 6 ft x 6 ft or smaller due to the cramped living conditions in the city – room enough for a desk with a pullout bed or hold in the wall (much like the last picture in this set). Many Tokyo apartments do not have kitchens.

    Don’t judge another culture’s optimal living spaces by your own culture’s standards. I imagine many Japanese would make the same mistake – but their version would be finding your 500 sq ft apartment a complete waste of resources to be spent on a single person…

  16. Kevinincornwall Says:

    Richard’s comment of 21 March rightly cautions the difficulty of cross cultural comparisons. That said, there are enough social and psychological studies to demonstrate the the harmful effects of such high density living implicit in ‘paco’. Taiwanese visitors to our stone farmhouse were astounded at its age of 150 years and even more at my Mothers house dating from 1296, earthquakes and storms mean their living spaces are recycled in terms of 50 years or less. What is the anticipated life expectancy of ‘paco’ and thus its carbon footprint and sustainability?

  17. Panda Says:

    Impractial, you have the most pessimistic worldview I have ever seen. Not only are these pods impractical, they would bring about the end of society as we know it? That’s really bleak.
    I don’t think storage is a problem, there’s probably enough room for a shelf in there, and a laptop or tv does not use much space.
    Many of the needs you mention does not have to be fulfilled inside the home, and if pods like these are taken into use it does not mean that everyone would use one, or even the same kind of pod, so being unable to differentiate from the flock would not be a problem.

  18. n00btect Says:

    very good idea… too impractical

  19. chrissie Says:


  20. DEEZ Says:

    its impractical, but kind of a sweet concept.
    too bad its shopped…

  21. Joe Says:

    A minimalist’s architectural formula for suicide. No color, no texture, no vista, hard surfaces, angularity, blank, unrelenting monotony. Anybody up for a nice dry cave?

  22. Billdave Says:

    Ummm, this is installation art, not an actual house for someone to live in. Architects are so literal minded. It is a statemnt about living space, not an actual living space.

  23. Maralily Says:

    It is interesting if it is meant to be an art installation but as an actual applied concept, it is horrifyingly bleak. There is no emotion to this at all, except a feeling of cold nothingness. It would be a place to live in a very, very stark and frightening world. No color, no softness, no windows… I imagine a person would be suffering depressing very soon in this pod house.

  24. marc Says:

    it’s a great concept, (if you don’t like white you can decorate). If humanity continues to spread like this, it will be necessary.
    @ impractical: you are really stupid… I don’t see how spending your money on a house or spending it on something you really like can make a difference on the economy….lol
    +it accomodates the basic needs of a human, for the rest you can go outside…

  25. Impractical? Says:

    What’s more impractical:

    A utilitarian approach to shelter, giving you everything you really need as a single person with a minimum of waste, encouraging you to – gasp – leave your house and go out into the world.

    Or sitting in the suburbs in your own personal fortress, amassing debt and useless clutter that does nothing but enable you to sit in silence while beaming manufactured images into your skull from around the world for the vast majority of your waking hours, with little interaction with other actual humans.

    Which of those is really the bleak, dystopian vision?

    I’d love to have a little place like this to sleep and get cleaned up. I could spend far less time working to pay for a place to live, and far more time out living my life instead of slaving to make someone else rich.

  26. Mitch Says:

    The world isn’t running out of room for houses, go move to fking Wyoming. North Dakota, South Dakota, The middle of Russia. There’s plenty of wide open space

  27. dave Says:

    the entire population of the world could live i texas with about 1600 square feet per person.
    enough with the space concerns already.

  28. Robert Mitchum Says:

    I like the design style and ingenuity but it’s impractical. People require more from a house/living space, that is how a house becomes your home. It makes me laugh when I hear the planet’s over-crowded, the whole population here in the uk (65 million) can fit on the tiny isle of wight, also the pop. of the uk is decreasing, & more than 50% are over 60yrs old.
    Certain areas of the world are over-crowded, but I don’t think this is the answer.

  29. Anthony Says:

    To All the Haters,

    I don’t think that this was designed to replace a household (who ever got that impression is an idiot in my mind)…

    I see this more as a for a quick get away for every day stresses… the minimalist and lack of color would help a lot…

    Possible even for when there is a natural disaster… what would you prefer to share a stadium with no privacy or this…

    Ask any person who lives in a hut if the would prefer this…

    How ever my point is all design have a purpose… probably this one is to inspire… all of you saw only how this can benefit or affect you…

    and as for PLACES FOR STUFF who in a sane mind buys shit just to clutter space… yes i know you, the consumer… what a waste of space…

  30. MKT Says:

    This makes me think of a prison. No way would I want to stay in that thing for more than a few minutes.

  31. ambshah Says:

    Beautiful concept , it could work as a pay and live apartment for those out in the open. if it could be mass produced it would be cheap i think. Those who have seen slums in mumbai (slumdog millionaire), this is like a palace.

  32. brodnik Says:

    did he need to get naked to demonstrate the shower?

  33. moving roof? Says:

    this design is not, never could have been, and never will be practical because theres a moving roof. if this is to conserve space, it would be counter productive. all cities stack denser vertically than horizontally.

  34. Marcus Says:

    Why are so many architects such control freaks?

  35. moohead Says:

    Impractical? Maybe. So what. Practical is overrated.
    However, this thing has other problems.

    It is obviously designed around a single and isolated individual: aren’t the people who live with other people posing a more interesting challenge to society?

    So, this is all very white (you know what I mean), very western, very puritan, very….yawn…reductivist. All of that might be ok, but here’s the saddest bit:

    IT’S joyless. Where’s the passion? Sad, lonely, cold, tediously minimalist (how VERY mid-nineties) and completely lacking joy. Where does my boyfriend sit when he visits? Where does he put the ash from his cigarette?

    Even the CIA concede that sensory deprivation, in extremis, leads to mental disintegration. A little bit is a nice thing, but who in their right mind (other than an architect or, possibly, a person suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder) would choose to actually reside in this refrigerator crisper drawer?

    Architects would be tragic if they weren’t so funny. I know because I am one.

  36. The big moo Says:

    What is it about mess that freaks out designers? Just once I would like to see a dirty pair of socks and undies in an architectural photograph. At least this one has a human being in the photos…but it needs one, because it would be impossible to grasp the orientation, scale or purpose of this thing in most of the shots if he wasn’t there.

    Oh, and Kevinincornwall…1296…right on, bro!! Let’s hope that in 700 plus years, people aren’t still being confined in boxes like this.

    Here in Australia, we would assume that this was the design for an enormous ‘esky’ (portable cold storage chest, or cooler), and would be deeply disappointed upon discovering it wasn’t full of beer.

    Perhaps when they are finished with it, we can buy it, ship it to Oz and put it on the side of the road near a petrol station, charging people $5 to visit ‘The Big Esky’.

  37. The big moo Says:

    And I’d like it more if it played the Star Spangled Banner and ran up a flag when the roof opened.

  38. Eiron Page Says:

    Every cube is 27 m^3. Multiply by approximately 6.8 billion for the world’s population and you’d need an area of 183.6 billion m^3. So, you build a cube of these 5.685 km^3 and you could fit everybody in the planet one each into the smaller cubes. Allow some space for corridors between them all, say at least 1m each, round the cube off and just make a good estimate… You could fit the planet into a structure of little over 6 km^3. I’ve heard of calculations that can fit the population of the world into a much smaller space than that, for instance – given the rooms I’ve seen in some universities – if there are some shared facilities you could probably cram the world reasonably comfortably into a space of around 1.5 km^3.

  39. Toilet Seat Style Says:

    Think about the future, get ready for space travel because you’ll be lucky to get this much space in space. What, you didn’t think earth was going to support us forever did you?

  40. Ruthie Says:

    i’m getting claustrophobic just looking at this thing

  41. orka Says:

    I would stumble just to read the talk backs
    and he probably just wanted to get a nice looking innovative design project for he’s school
    give e’m a break

  42. kite Says:

    one man’s junk may be another man’s treasure!!
    so is this somewhat awefull somewhat awesome design. It can encourage several aspects of community living if arranged appropriately, people will, come out if they don’t have anything to do in there houses except bath, sleep and have private moments. I dont see this thing ending here rather its a good begining, to which windows can be added, colours or no colours, kitchen or community mess these are questions that are best answered if project specific.

  43. newb Says:

    Omg I want to live in a box!! :00

  44. Hello Says:

    Were not really running out of space for houses, you realise theres enough space just in Australia to give everyone 1/4 acre each? We’re just used to living in crowded citys and forget how big and beautiful the world really is.

  45. TMB Says:

    cool, but useless. good lookin’ crap is still crap.

  46. Robbert Says:

    I would go nuts in a box like that.

  47. Soulis Says:

    Honestly, I wouldn’t mind living in it. I already live in an efficiency and don’t really see too much of a difference between it and my apartment now other than I could put stuff away into side compartment and have more floor space when I need it.

    And as for white walls: if you live in it, odds are you can paint it yourself. I live in white walls, but damned if I didn’t put up some posters.

    @Impractical: Your argument is self-contradictory. Why would a world where you already have everything you need lead to crime or greed? If you have what you want, there should remain no desire to covet other objects, and then there would be no desire to act upon and commit crimes.

    Also, I’d assume that a family would be smart enough to get a space larger than 29.52 sqft, same goes for the claustrophobic. Lastly, why do feel that the purpose of working is only to get stuff? What about contribution to society? Or the intrinsic value of work? If your view on the purpose of life is to work to earn money to buy stuff, your personal outlook is bleaker than the one you painted for the world.

    Your point about interaction and differentiation is invalid. The majority of social interaction between individuals occurs outside personal living space, mostly in school or work, or the time spent between school/work and returning home.

    The exterior walls look a good six inches thick, which is approximately the standard for exterior walls in the United States, therefore plenty of room for insulation. The fact it is a cube minimizes the exterior surface area for comparative volume, so internal temperature variation due to the external environment would also be minimized. Throw in a small space heater/AC unit and you’re fine as far as that goes. If security is an issue, add a lock to the door. And if you want a window, I’m sure you could specify that to the architect.

  48. young Says:

    does it come included with a straight jacket?

    how many minutes do you have to wait after dropping a dirty deuce before it’s acceptable for guests to come inside?

    with this configuration, it looks like the shower area/toilet is in the same space. is it okay to do both simultaneously?

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  50. insideout Says:

    I need to get out more.

  51. Student Says:

    It is a move in the right direction we need to address the up and coming housing crunch but this is not a solution. Bravo for a very well developed investigation but it should be chalked up to process.

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  54. Gerard Vader Murphy Says:

    its the way forward think of the millions living in slums the homeless but wot is the cost? and could we use this to live on the moon built here shipped there ….

  55. MarcoWhite Says:

    Interesting concept. I WOULD NOT,however, be able to sleep in the “coffin” – too claustrophobic for me.

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