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.