Zaha Hadid’s death last year yielded all manner of retrospective rumblings about the architect’s career, drawing praise and ire in equal measure. It's strange to think, then, that between setting up her office in 1977 and building the now-fêted Vitra Fire Station in Weil-am-Rhein in 1993, she didn’t complete a single structure. Instead she drew, painted and pondered. This productive period is the subject of a show at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery (itself designed by Hadid) in London’s Hyde Park called Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings. Many of them were submitted as actual propositions – to understandably bewildered clients. “She had the foresight and sensitivity to predict an aesthetic of computer-generated images,” says Amira Gad, exhibitions curator at Serpentine Galleries and the show’s organiser. It offers a fascinating portrait of the polarising firebrand’s formative years.