JVP- The Building History
The National Mint Building was designed by the Chief Architect of the British Empire’s Public Works Department, Austin St. Barb Harrison, and built in 1937 as the Mandate’s official Mint. Harrison also designed other well known government buildings in Jerusalem, such as the Rockefeller Museum and the main post office on Jaffa Rd. The Mint, a classic Industrial Bauhaus design, is one of the most important industrial structures built in Palestine in the 1930’s and has inspired the design of other buildings around the country.
The building served as the Mandate’s Mint util the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948, when it served the newly formed Government. It served as the National Mint util the 1960’s when it was turned into a warehouse and then finally abandoned in the 1980’s. In 2006, Erel Margalit initiated extensive preservation and renovation efforts led by Plesner Architects and formed the JVP Media Quarter in the building and neighboring train station warehouses. The unique structure became a monument in the city’s skyline, buzzing with activity 24 hours a day as employees and visitors alike enjoy an atmosphere of creativity and innovation alongside a deep respect for the history of Jerusalem and its powerful legacy.
(Photos provided by David Kroyanker http://www.kroyanker.co.il/)
The Mint's original entrance which was preserved and is used to this day
View from the southeast of the E shaped building with a second level along the north facade
View from the west. The north facade was preserved completely, including the original windows' structure and mechanisms
In the courtyard, workers unpacking crates delivered from the neighboring train station