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This artwork shows what London could look like in 2066

By Matt Breen

Back in 1991, the late architect Zaha Hadid was commissioned by British Vogue to create an artwork that made a prediction for what London would look like in the year 2066 – 75 years into the future. Here's what she created:

Zaha Hadid, 'London 2066 for British Vogue', 1991.

Okay, it's a little artistically vague. But give it a proper look, and you'll notice some interesting touches. See those horizontal lines shooting off to the right? Hadid totally foresaw the huge regeneration that would take place in east London years later – something she was partially responsible for, with the Olympic development's London Aquatic Centre.

The image is currently on display at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, where Hadid's drawings and paintings have been given a retrospective. You'd have to clock up a fair few air miles to see all her jaw-dropping buildings all over the world – instead, you can get a sense of her bold vision of what architecture can be at this exhibition.

'Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings' is on display at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery until Feb 12 2017.

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