Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bright and Shiny

One of the new denizens of progress in Provo. While I don't object to a new conference center, I wish they had designed it with more charm and less glitter and flash. This is especially important since the site is in the historic center of the town. 

A clue could have been taken from the buildings they demolished to make room for it. Color of the brick could have been matched in some of the glass that is not needed for its translucence. 

Larger sections of traditional materials could have been incorporated throughout the exterior to tie the building into the surrounding cityscape. 

Adornments echoing late 19th and early 20th styles could have been added to show respect for the past of the area.

Instead, Provo now has a new building that says nothing about Provo except they are desperate to be something else. Something new, something fresh, something--bland.

So there you have it. But then again, I'm just a gardener, maybe I have it wrong. Please, tell me what you think...

1 comment:

  1. They did match the portion of the building facing Center Street to the historic look a bit better. I think it looks better than the rest of the building.