Burnside Rocket Building — 2011 Global Award for Excellence Winner

Burnside Rocket Building

Sliding window panels by local artists. Photo credit: Brian Foulkes

About the Burnside Rocket Building

Developer/Owner: Cavenaugh+Cavenaugh LLC
Architect: Stack Architecture (architect of record), Kevin Cavenaugh, Cavenaugh+Cavenaugh LLC (lead designer)
Location: Portland, Oregon

Why the Burnside Rocket Building?

Burnside Rocket is a mixed-use building located at the corner of East Burnside and NE Eleventh Avenue in central eastside Portland, Oregon. Formerly a vacant lot, the 15,500 square foot building is adjacent to an indoor rock climbing gym, frequent service bus lines, and bike routes. The four-story building includes a ground-floor pub, two floors of creative office space, a top floor restaurant, outdoor terraces on each level, and a rooftop garden. Construction was completed in April 2007 and the project was LEED Platinum certified in August 2008.
The Burnside Rocket has…

  • Arcade balconies: Balconies over the sidewalk echo the historic character of E. Burnside, providing distinct public space.
  • Local art: Operable window panels by emerging Portland artists provide an iconic design and protection from sunlight.
  • Edible ecoroof: Provides a wide range of produce for the restaurant on site, as well as capturing stormwater on site.
  • Underground aquifer: 300′ below the building, it is part of a geo-exchange HVAC system, and provides drinking water.

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