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This is a nice compliment to the rock climbing building next to it. Too bad it is near one of the worst intersections in the city.

The artwork sunshades are a wonderful addition to the visual landscape.

I look forward to the open house to see how the construction and materials carry into the interior spaces.


One can only be pleased that it covers up the yellow abortion that sits behind it.

I like the sunshades as well, even if they are tacky.



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I think it's wonderful that kevin is taking control of both the design and the development of his projects. You are kind a hero for a lot of architects. Box one and ode to roses..i think..are great provocative design works..creating good design with limited budget. but the rocket fell short this time. Other than the shocking red color, there is nothing really worth mentioning about the project. The concrete beam are awkward and and sloppy. The paintings are just a distraction from the monotonous cheap window openings. Just like the climbing gym, they are somophoric at best. Budget is always and issue as well the location..


Funny...I walked over there last Saturday night. I must have walked right under the arcade and not even have noticed the building. In fact, I was sure I glanced up and saw the word "Rocket" from the sidewalk below, but when I looked again, I couldn't see it. Guess I'm finally cracking up.

Since I've heard about this building, and still, seeing that top picture, it makes me think of New Orleans.


gotta second the impression that the arcade beams look sloppy. is it the design or are they a bit off kilter?

Bob R.

BC wrote: "Too bad it is near one of the worst intersections in the city."

Fortunately, if implemented, the eastside Burnside-Couch couplet project will vastly improve that intersection, for pedestrians, bikes AND autos.

- Bob R.


Just to be clear, Kevin, while both a talented and great guy, is not an architect - you have to have a license to have that word attached to you name. So in the interest of fairness and without diminishing Kevin's accomplishment, the architect on the Rocket is Francis Dardis - FBD Architecture.

Doug Klotz

I think the building would have been better if the whole building projected over the sidewalk, not just the balcony. But, the city wasn't ready for that yet. Hopefully we can have this stretch of Burnside be the "arcade district".

For that sidewalk arcade, it's too bad the Chesterfield has blocked a lot of the sidewalk by bolting welded steel tables to it. The one at the corner, blocking access to the corner wheelchair ramp, is especially egregious. I haven't been by there in a couple of weeks, but I assume they're still there.

Keith Daly

An excellent example of the kind of forward thinking building the city should be focused on - and incredibly both Rocket and Box have resulted in restaurants with really wonderful spaces.

There was one thing about Rocket I thought didn't really work but then I realized it was because it wasn't done "like it's always been done" - it opened my eyes to new ideas, a mark of any successful building.


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No doubt , Kevin is a renowned architect and his rocket building is one of his best works. And, it's good that he is implementing ways to conserve energy and to minimize the carbon and heat production.

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