Sanwa Bank Plaza in downtown Los Angeles has been selected as the best new example of architecture and given a "Rose" by the Downtown Breakfast Club at its annual Roses and Lemons awards programs.
The 52-story Sanwa Bank, at Figueroa and Wilshire boulevards, was developed by Mitsui Fudosan (U.S.A.) Inc. and Hines Interests Ltd. The office tower was designed by A. C. Martin Associates.
Renovation: AT&T Center lobby, 611 West Sixth St., designed by William L. Pereira Associates in 1968. Mitsui Fudosan (U.S.A.) Inc. purchased the building in 1979 and recently completed an $11-million renovation done by Reel/Grobman.
Private/Civic Commitment: Southern California Gas Co. for its decision to remain in the downtown area.
Public Art: Metrorail Portal at Home Savings of America Tower, Seventh and Figueroa, developed by Ahmanson Commercial Development. The artists were Terry Schoohoven and Patsy Norveli.
The club awarded its only "Lemon" to the City of Los Angeles agencies responsible for the buyout of the John Tuite contract.