Last week, I celebrated a fetching structure in Venice, California, that's almost completely covered with lush vegetation thanks to three green walls (or vertical gardens) and a just as verdant rooftop. 

This week, it's time to mourn. As reported by Architects Journal, the UK's first living wall — installed at a children's center in Islington, North London, in 2006 — has officially bitten the dust.

Says a grieving spokesperson for Islington Council:
The wall was the first of its type to be installed in the UK and, as with anything new, carried a certain element of risk. Of course we’re disappointed that it hasn’t thrived. It seems this could be down to its design and we are looking at the best way to restore it.
It's unclear if patronage at the center has sharply dropped since the wall took ill. It might be just me but I'd be hesitant to send my kids off to a building that appears to be a modern spin on Mrs. Havisham's conservatory. Spooky.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

UK's first living wall: 2006-2009
The UK's maiden living wall in Islington, North London, has died after a three-year run. See the grim photos.