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Outside Architecture

Photo: Shawn Records

Regions Served

  • Chicago & Midwest
  • Pacific Northwest

OUTSIDE Architecture is a design-forward architecture studio focused on creating modern, responsible homes. Our work celebrates craft, is inspired by lifestyle and connects to nature.  Architecture in harmony with people, place and planet.

We seek clear, essential and consistent solutions through a rigorous design process and thorough attention to detail. We approach building as a partnership with the land and seek solutions specific to their place. Our work employs energy efficient systems, passive solar design, and utilizes natural materials. By blurring the distinction between inside and OUTSIDE, we encourage people’s inherent desire to connect with nature.

OUTSIDE was built upon multidisciplinary backgrounds in construction, real-estate development, boutique architecture and outdoor adventure. With this foundation, OUTSIDE projects are artistically composed with rational constructability, economic responsibility and in harmony with the environment.

We are licensed to practice architecture in the following states:
Oregon  /  Washington  /  Wisconsin  /  Missouri


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  • Jeremy Spurgin


  • 522 N. Thompson St. #4

Featured Projects

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Beaver Creek Cabin

This modern cabin, tucked in the woods, is a weekend retreat for an active family of artists. The design was an exercise in making a small space feel and live much bigger. A south-facing, covered porch runs the entire length of the structure, creating an outdoor room with the woods beyond. Large glass doors dissolve the central living space walls to the north and south, providing panoramic views of the wilderness beyond. Birch wood panels clad the walls and vaulted ceiling for a bright, modern and clean interpretation of the rustic cabin. The cabin’s simple material palette for both the exterior and interior are quiet backgrounds to the natural setting and delightfully eclectic décor.

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Photo: Shawn Records
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Mid Century Garden Home

Portland Monthly Feature of this home

This mid century gem was originally designed by Pietro Belluschi and built in 1940. The home was designed as a humble, modern backdrop to the 2.6 acre orchard that would become a renowned garden property. After many unfaithful updates to the service core of the house, the family sought a mending solution in the spirit of the original design. The intervention by Outside Architecture in 2018, strengthened the home’s connection to the garden in the form of a new kitchen, mudroom, bathroom and studio. The new design knits with the original, but with current energy efficient construction.

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Photo: Josh Partee
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Raleigh Revision

Bright, modern interiors and a strong connection to the outdoors highlight this 2-story Portland home. Designed and built by an engineer for his family in the early 1970s, the original home had a great layout and thoughtful connection of spaces both vertically and horizontally.

Our intervention modernized all the spaces and opened the house up both internally and to the landscape beyond. The front facade creates a playful interaction with the street, highlighting the covered outdoor spaces. The glassy rear facade connects the kitchen and family room to the pool terrace.

A light material palette and carefully composed openings keep this deep floor plan bright and cheerful throughout. Sight lines terminate to daylit landscapes and each room borrows light from another. Clean, modern detailing is carried throughout the 2800 sf house. The design of this home, while brave and spirited, is an understated backdrop to the personality and lifestyle of the active family living here.

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Photo: Josh Partee
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Garden Bridge

Read the Oregon Home Magazine feature on this home

The perfect puzzle piece is a good way to describe our intervention on this property. The homeowners are an active couple who regularly entertain and were looking to add more gathering space both indoor and outdoor. An existing garage was added after the initial build and didn’t connect internally to the home. Our solution is a bridge that connects garage to house and house to garden. The once inwardly focused home, now makes a concerted hand-shake with the new garden space. The storm water is kept and managed on site, with the design of a storm water planter. The large covered deck extends the family room inside and extends the time spent outside, in all weather. Oh and you no longer have to run upstairs to use the bathroom. The little things make all the difference.

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Photo: Sara Atkinson Photography