Kevin Cavenaugh must get a kick out of starting arguments.
Two years ago, the founder of Portland's Guerrilla Development unveiled the Fair-Haired Dumbbell, the mixed-use complex at the east end of the Burnside Bridge with sloping roofs and a psychedelic paint job straight out of a Dr. Seuss ayahuasca trip. Depending on whom you ask, the building is either a quirky bright spot on a rapidly homogenizing skyline or an affront to the concept of architecture itself.
His next project is poised to draw similar reactions. Dubbed the "Tree Farm," the six-story office building at Southeast 3rd Avenue and Morrison Street already attracts rubberneckers on the Morrison Bridge, and its main accoutrement isn't even visible yet: 70 self-irrigated strawberry trees, which will eventually sprout from steel planters positioned above and below each window.
As Cavenaugh told Portland Monthly, he expects the end result to look like "a big-ass Chia pet." It's slated for completion this spring.