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Zaha Hadid - Design & Architecture at the Design Museum

With construction of her Southwark Street building for the Architecture Foundation soon to begin, this is a timely survey of the work of the Baghdad-born architect.

Rendering of the London Olympics Aquatic Centre
Rendering of the London Olympics Aquatic Centre

Spanning two floors, the exhibition is the Design Museum's largest project to date.

The first floor gallery includes Hadid's unbuilt designs such as the Cardiff Bay Opera House, as well as her first built projects including the Vitra Fire Station in Germany.

Visualisations and fly-throughs of works in progress such as the narrow gauge railway HQ in the Basque Country town of Durango are projected onto the walls in this dark room.

The airy second floor gallery has models of current projects such as the Aquatic Centre for the 2012 Olympics, though disappointingly there is nothing on the Architecture Foundation building here in SE1.

Space is also given to Hadid's furniture, some functional, some less so, but all with her trademark organic shapes.

This exhibition is a timely complement to Global Cities (in which Hadid also features) at Tate Modern.

• The museum has launched a Zaha Hadid Exhibition Blog to provide a behind-the-scenes insight into the making of the exhibition and to aggregate reviews and commentary.

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