Smithsonian Astrophysical Offices designed by Shoop:

View of Main Entrance to Office While positioned as staff Architect for Porter Exchange Management, Douglas Shoop was called on to design many of the new Tenants office spaces at Porter Exchange.  The largest tenant at that time to occupy the building was the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) corporate offices.  SAO occupies over 55,000 sq. ft. of Offices and Labs at Porter Exchange.  Shoop was asked to design over 100 offices surrounding over 6,000 sq. ft. of "Clean Room" lab space.  With a requirement for standardization of spaces, long hallways were broken up by atrium openings and interior glass wells to take advantage of the existing floor openings from the first floor mall.  The "Line Company" was chosen as Architect of record to assist Shoop in the execution of his design.

Smithsonian Entrance View



The SAO is partially funded by private corporations and minimal construction expense was spent on the interior space.  The main feature was the design of the entry threshold. (shown here to the left.)