Gohanan by Atelier I+N for P.Studer SA
Updated: Dec 26, 2019
In Dogon architecture, a tribe of Mali in West Africa, Gôh Anan is an attic used to contain collective cereal crops. This is only unsealed by the head of lineage in case of drought or during important religious or festive ceremonies. It goes without saying that in our Western civilization the time when each family owned its granary has long since passed.
Yet we have only transposed this act of economy. If nobody harvests any more, each of us has one or more savings accounts that he credits in case of major purchase or for the organization of special events. The only difference between us and the Dogons is the length of time that separates us from the fruit of our harvest. If 4 months are needed to harvest the millet, we only wait a month to reach our due.
There is, however, an object which still brings us closer to the western society of this primitive subsistence behavior. An object that remains the container to a palpable savings: the piggy bank.