ARCO Plaza is a shopping center in Los Angeles that is one of the oldest centers in California. There are many shops and restaurants within the plaza along with an information office for the RTD Rapid Transit District. One of the main focal points of the plaza is the fountain sculpture which was created by Austrian architect Herbert Bayer, the fountain stands front and center of the plaza.
The Plaza is now known as 505 Flower, the underground shopping area feature new and updated shops, signs and areas for seating. Food that is available includes fresh fruits, healthy food and boa tea vendors to fast food venues such as McDonald's and Johnnies Pizza. There is also health and fitness stores such as GNC and a 24 hour fitness gym.
The plaza is an underground shopping venue, meaning that is it completely enclosed with no natural light entering the building. The building is an example of a shopping center that captured the zeitgeist of how buildings and centers were planned in the 1950s to 1970s.
When the mall was first opened it was known as Arco Plaza, this was the most well known name of the plaza, and it was named ARCO as the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company had headquarters in the twin towers that were above the plaza. The name of the plaza is now 505 Flower which is the address of the plaza. The twin towers of the building above the plaza are now named for the City National Bank and Paul Hastings law firm.