Shipping Container Homes: Green Building by Mangum Design-Build

Perhaps the idea for using shipping containers for residences and offices was born out of someone driving down by the Long Beach docks in California, and seeing these empty containers stacked everywhere, thinking, “I played with Legos as a kid. I can make my home out of some of those.”

There is a use for modular spaces, both in residential and commercial architecture. For the past years, there has been a cult following of this type of architecture. It’s become more popular as green building trends have surfaced. It’s even gained mainstream attention as the main protagonist in the feature film Tron: Legacy is shown living in a trendy shipping container home.

Mangum’s vision for the shipping container home is for medium size multi-family developments where economies of scale would gravitate towards projects of around 120 units each.

Why Build with Shipping Containers?

There is great potential for building shipping containers to be modular and stacked to create instant schools in developing countries. The premise behind this is ministry related, as Churches and benefactors can reach larger numbers of people by providing a permanent or mobile structure for education, health, and Church services. This idea was borne out of the necessity to treat the mind, body, and spirit. When the area has stabilized and the village is growing, the option exists to move that same shipping container building down the road to the next village to propagate the same initiatives.

A collateral benefit of this design for developing countries is not only the immediacy of which it can be placed, but that it offers fortification for its inhabitants. The shipping container homes meet our standards for defense objectives in these areas. In other words, it’ll take a bullet for you while you’re in there, and give you enough time to call for help.

Mangum Design-Build is a part of the Mangum family of stand-alone companies representing equipment distribution, construction and development, marble import, and wholesale landscape supplies. These companies have office locations in Raleigh, NC; Morrisville, NC; Clayton, NC; Wilmington, NC; Myrtle Beach, SC & Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China. Construction and Development entities are led by Kevin Mangum.