BiopodNathan Yong Kok Seng - Singapore
During the last Asia Tsunami in December 2004 that kills millions of locals
and tourist in Asia countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka etc. There
was a shortage of coffin that can supply in a short notice to be able to
meet such huge amount. Bodies were then wrap just in cloth and sent for
mass buriel due to hygiene purposes. Families are left with make do buriel
and it was not very hygienic at the end of the day.
The disaster prompted us to think of a way to produce coffins in fast speed and at the same time, space saving to keep it affordable and easier handling.
Our design solution is to use stamp/press moulding of woodchips with Natural resin to mould out a half half of capsule shape. The design allows it to be able to handle easier due to its lightweight property. It is also stackable at the halfs just like stacking of bowls.
There is no need for hinges, nails or screws for the sealing as it is design with a sliding top and a natural glue that react with water at the rim joints when the coffins is to be sealed.
In times of great disasters, time and money has to be use efficiently. We hope that this design will help to give a proper buriel to love ones.