Nu Skin Center to become new landmark in historic Provo district

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    June 16, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    Rico Suave: a cross section of an airline wing? Looks to me more like the profile of an oil tanker. Another architect's nightmare!

  • mountain man Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2013 1:48 a.m.

    why isn't there a street view of this building. Surely the architect did a rendering of the street view.

  • Lyle Springville, UT
    June 13, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    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.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    June 12, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    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 nailed it.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    June 12, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    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.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 3:58 p.m.


    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 for it.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    June 12, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    Re: I know it

    If 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.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 2:16 p.m.


    "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.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    June 12, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    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.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    June 12, 2013 12:37 p.m.

    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.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    June 12, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    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.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    June 12, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    @I know it
    To be fair the liquor store was there before the tabernacle was converted into a temple.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    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 bits anyway.

  • Rico Suave Santquin, UT
    June 12, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    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 behind it.

  • bigv56 Cottonwood, CA
    June 12, 2013 9:54 a.m.

    Maybe they should build a should blend in nicely

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    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.

  • jskains Orem, UT
    June 12, 2013 5:17 a.m.

    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 otherwise.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    June 11, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    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.