HMFH Architects

The Possible Project

Cambridge, MA

HMFH’s design for The Possible Project, a youth entrepreneurship center that teaches high school students to start and run their own businesses, transformed an unused maintenance garage owned by the Cambridge Housing Authority into a makerspace.

The makerspace enables our students to design and manufacture their own products in a unique, hands-on learning environment.

Becky Levin Executive Director, TPP

The HMFH team stretched the limited budget for maximum effect by using bright colors and an industrial palette as a backdrop to the products designed and created by the teen entrepreneurs, such as the sculptural pendant light fixtures.

The client’s goal for the project was to support hands-on exploration and the development of business and manufacturing skills by giving students access to traditional tools as well as 21st century technologies including 3D printers and a laser cutter.


With this goal in mind, surfaces have been optimized for flexibility and collaboration: mobile storage cabinets have whiteboard on the back sides, purple tack boards are installed to showcase projects and hang equipment, and a strut system for lighting and power allows students to move and group tables as their projects require.

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