My brother in law who oversees a city in Southern California visited down town
Provo and asked us what that big modern building was. We told him it was the New
Skin building. He said it looked completely out of place in that part of the
city. Other than being a curious looking building it is a distraction from the
beauty of the archetecture that surrounds it. The two new banks in the area are
more like what this building should have looked like. They are much more
respectful of their surroundings compared to the "look at me" statment
made by the New Skin building. His comment reflected our thoughts. We are sad to
see it there sticking out like an oddity. In a different setting it could be a
cool looking building.
I can't believe the claims in this article. Does Nu Skin really believe
that building is respectful and in harmony? It's ugly, imposing, and
completely out of place. I can't believe they are trying to convince people
Sorry I can't come and see the building in person, but the photos seem to
focus on the water feature(s) and the building looks about what I would expect
of a multi-level marketing company. Read into that what you will.
Maybe they should build a Pyramid.it should blend in nicely
This is a P.R. job. Reading the article does not paint the picture of what you
see when driving by. I'm a designer and know what harmony, massing and flow
is. This is none of the 3. It's an example of "how not to." The
bulky piece on top looks like a cross section of a wing. Hoping it will provide
lift and it will all just fly away.Interesting that the renderings
of the new Provo City Center Temple completely ignore the two monstrosities
While in a way I agree with everyone, I also see some potential here.Driving in that area recently I felt like there was a lot of old, some of
which was very interesting, but a lot of which felt trashy. I was a bit
disappointed to find the liquor store so close to the Temple. Even those who
don't share that opinion must surely see some of the "less kept"
buildings in that area.A few more 'modern' buildings get
built and this one won't be as much of an eye sore. Optimistically, I think
we can simply say "let's do better next time"; so rather than focus
on the negative here, we ought to ask other companies considering the area to
help improve the look and feel of historic Provo.That's my two
@I know itTo be fair the liquor store was there before the tabernacle was
converted into a temple.
So if we are honest about it- this was about money and jobs in downtown Provo-
so Provo was going to approave anything that was proposed to them- then after
the fact everyone came up with rational for the building but Provo never cared
about the design as long as the jobs stayed- simple economic development
rational and always will be in a city like Provo where no one else is going to
decide against Provo based on the design of another building.
Congratulations NuSkin and thanks for keeping your growing company here in
Provo.You provide thousands with a quality income, and are a force
for good as you give back to the community. Many don't understand your
innovative distribution systems and the quality of products that have been
developed, as well as the new generation of products for aesthetic and
nutritional care that will be developed by your Pharmanex division in your new
tower.There are many of us who are extremely happy to see you
changing the Provo skyline, boldly moving forward in challenging economic times.
It is tragic what Provo has allowed Nu Scam to do. It would be embarrassing
enough to have such a company based in town let alone take over the skyline. I
would think that Provo would try to hide it in some obscure business park. The
juxtaposition with the new Provo Temple makes it even worse. Sad, very sad.
Noodlekaboodle,"I was here first" doesn't make it
logical. I won't get into an alcohol debate now. But the point I was making
also isn't exclusive to that one thing. A lot of the area is very unkept
for where it is. Richfield's tabernacle is in a better looking part of
town. The S.L. Tabernacle obviously is. The same goes for most others.Religious buildings aside, it's an area of town that could use some work.
Now with some people doing some work, all I'm saying is that it's time
for other businesses to jump on board.I feel the same way as city
creek. Some businesses and organizations, religious themed and otherwise, are
investing in downtown. Plenty aren't still. Where are they? Too many are
enjoying the benefits of development without developing themselves.It's time to change the face of Utah's cities. We are better than we
are putting on right now.
Re: I know itIf the temple is supposed to be a refuge from the
world, it makes since that it would be in the world. Those of us in the new
temple district like it just fine.
Claudio,You can think what you want, but you don't speak for
everyone in the area. And other people have a vested interested in the area for
good reasons, despite not living there.Saying I'm "a bit
disappointed" in reference to alcohol doesn't need to invite a debate
that is clearly off topic. I simply feel that the area could use some tidying
up, not just one store or spot, but the area. If you don't feel that way,
fine... deal with that on your own. Share your own ideas, or share something to
add to my comments, but please don't come up against them. There is no need
I know it,You are entitled to say what you want. Please afford me
that same right. If I disagree with you I will say so. If you can't
handle that, perhaps you shouldn't be commenting on these boards.Obviously I made a generalization. Obviously it was said with tongue in
cheek. Obviously, you missed that.
Zooniezoobie- you may like the company, but living in Arizona you don't
have to see their "obvious to us who live here out of place" building.
I Live It - Whether some other buildings in that area are run down
or not does not change the basic design style of historic downtown Provo. The
New Skin building was designed to make a statement, not to be complimentary to
its surroundings and in the setting it is in, it is saying "look at ME".
Bigv56 - You made me laugh out loud! Rico Suave - you
What would the critics have Nu Skin do? They could do like Central Bank is
doing, just a block away. Their renovated building is covered with chip board,
with fake brick glued on. They have Styrofoam ornamental features with fake
stucco covering them. It may be fake, but it will be cute. Nu
Skin's new building is glass, metal, and concrete, and does not pretend to
be anything else. Take a look inside when it's finished. It fits in nicely
with the existing Nu Skin building to which is is attached, decades old and also
glass, metal, and concrete. A fake-old building would look silly glommed on to a
modern building, and would have little window area and no usable roof space.The new Utah Valley Convention Center is also glass, metal, and
concrete, and is also honest about what it is. I like the combination of new and
old architecture we have downtown.
why isn't there a street view of this building. Surely the architect did a
rendering of the street view.
Rico Suave: a cross section of an airline wing? Looks to me more like the
profile of an oil tanker. Another architect's nightmare!