The mill occupies the ground floor of a three story building thought to date back to the nineteenth century. Abandoned for more than forty years, it was used as a flour mill and bakery, and later as stables. It comprises four cross-vaulted rooms, with a total area of 160 sq. meters.
The rehabilitation work aimed at adapting the building to be used as a modern computer center while maintaining its originality and cultural value. The restoration work eliminated humidity and dampness, allowing in more light by adding glass doors to the two entrances. The earth-compacter floor was paved with marble and two toilets and a kitchenette were added.
Source: Old City of Jerusalem Revitalisation Programme
Touqan, Shadia. 2004. Revitalise to Survive: the Old City of Jerusalem. In Iran: Architecture for Changing Societies. Philip Jodidio (ed). Torino: Umberto Allemandi & C.
This publication is a result of an International Seminar held in Tehran and Yazd, Iran, between 11-17 October 2002, sponsored by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. "The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture had been considering for some time the organisation of a meeting in Iran that would provide the opportunity of engaging in meaningful dialogue between national architects, teachers, and students in the fields of historic preservation and contemporary design, and their counterparts from other countries." (Luis Monreal, from the preface)
"The meetings in Iran marked the first time that an Award seminar has been split into two different but complementary subjects: historic preservation and contemporary architecture and planning. This dual structure closely reflects the realities that most Muslim societies face today. On one hand, there is an urgent need to protect and revitalise historic urban heritage and the contexts in which it is located; on the other, there is a massive need for new construction, including housing, industrial and corporate structures, public facilities, and planning and infrastructure initiatives." (Luis Monreal, from the preface)