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 1935 as the Mandate’s official Mint. The Mint started to operate in 1937. 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 until the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948, when it served the newly formed government. It served as the National Mint until the 1960’s when it was turned into a warehouse and finally abandoned in the 1980’s. In 2007, Erel Margalit initiated extensive preservation and renovation efforts, led by Plesner Architects, and formed the Media Quarter in the building and neighboring train station warehouses. The unique structure became a local monument.
Today the building houses over 15 high-tech companies in various stages of development and fields.