Sad Architecture: A Wall Dies in Islington


Paradise no more: Great Britain’s first living wall has died after three years shading the front facade of a DSDHA-designed £1.5 million children’s center north of London. The 30 species of flora growing on the steel mesh casing are now, as Architects Journal reports, just a “host of brown, wilting plants.” If we were the DSDHA principals, we’d put the blame on the landscape architects. Or the fact that trends in England hardly ever last longer than three years (punk, Bridget Jones, Brit Pop). Read on for before and after shots.

Before: a lush, hydroponic garden “creating a new landscape that inspires and educates.” (Photos: DSHDA)

After: dead as a doornail.

Via Architects Journal.