On show are Hadid's paintings and drawings from the 1970s to the early 1990s, all of which were executed before her first building, the Vitra Fire Station in Germany, was constructed in 1993. Indeed, Hadid regarded her paintings as a tool to represent her architecture and would present them to clients to explain her ideas for her projects. The Bagdad-born, London-based architect used to make paintings of each development stage, painting out the direction that she aspired a project to take and to clarify her thoughts.
Also included in the exhibition are Hadid's notebooks she filled with sketches. What emerges is Hadid's immense artistic talent and how drawing and painting were central to her creativity, long before architects could use computer programmes to develop their ideas.