As MIT charts the future of its campus and its engagement with the innovation community, we’re actively increasing the vitality of its Eastern Gateway in Kendall Square. This broad vision requires a commitment to diverse projects: innovation space, housing, connected open spaces, retail, childcare, and commercial space.
Building E38 is a key anchor in this vision, serving as the I&E hub for student innovation and entrepreneurship activity and a welcoming entrance to MIT’s east campus. The building’s façade remains intact, preserving its historic nature and connection to the past. However, the interior is entirely transformed into a series of open and collaborative spaces that combine student collaborative and maker space with open office space for innovation and entrepreneurship program staff.
In total, InnovationHQ (iHQ for short) encompasses over 40,000 square feet of space for innovation and entrepreneurship activities. The design draws on the experiences of the renovated E40 Martin Trust Center space, the MIT Innovation Initiative space in E70 (One Broadway), and other leading innovation spaces in the area. It provides enhanced workspaces for students with an emphasis on large, open, collaborative spaces where serendipitous meetings might occur, along with offices for key program staff and researchers, conference rooms, teaching spaces, and meeting rooms. The intentional creation of multi-use space encourages the cross-pollination of ideas among MIT students, faculty and staff, and the broader innovation community of Kendall Square.