Harvard Innovation Lab

The Harvard Innovation Lab is a new model for collaboration and entrepreneurship that crosses all disciplines and a magnet with a campus-wide draw. Its design creates a catalyst for a robust culture of exploration and a program rich with team-based activities. Classrooms are complemented by a range of spaces that accommodate business incubators and entrepreneurs in residence while welcoming the surrounding community with social spaces and business support. The reconfigurable ‘garage-chic’ environment conveys a sense of the possible, adapting to evolving technologies and uses that range from community meetings to collaborative project work. The transformation of a former television studio into the Innovation Lab was completed on a highly expedited schedule, with just seven months from a dynamic workshop-based design process to the end of construction, opening at the start of the 2011-12 academic year. The project is LEED Gold certified.


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125 Western Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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