LOS ANGELES | Wilshire - Figueroa | 717 FT / 219 M | 52 FLOORS | 1990
The Wilshire - Figueroa Tower (originally Sanwa Bank Plaza) is a bulky yet stylish tower at the intersection of two of downtown LA's busiest streets. The tower was designed by AC Martin and Partners, a firm that produced nearly 50% of the major towers in downtown LA.
Distinctively blue, with dark brown granite spandrels, the tower is shaped like a stepped octagon. The horiztontal banding gradually breaks off after 4 setbacks and the tower is capped in a blue glazed crown.
The tower is lit from the base at night and the crown is incredibly illuminated. It is probably the brightest tower in the downtown skyline at night.
I like this tower mainly for its color scheme. The shape is nice enough and the lighting is wonderful.
Under construction in summer of 1990 (almost done)...
Even if you are 1 in a million, there are still 7,000 people just like you...
It's green.. and it's a water fall.. The building was designed to look like water falling and at the bottom you can see where it crashes with the ground. I've been able to see the flame as well. There's a story to that flame but I forgot it. Ha ha. I think the flame might have something to do with the entire design, but I might be wrong. If I remember I'll keep you guys posted.
It should be said that I pass by this building a lot since I moved near downtown LA and it truly is one of the most beautiful skyscrapers ever built. This is the best example of post moderism in my opinion.