Although primarily known as an architect, Hadid pursued painting as a related practice, deploying her ideas for buildings for visionary ends. With this work, Hadid revisited her Peak Project, the winning design—though never realized—for a private health club in the hills of Kowloon, overlooking Hong Kong. Hadid proposed transforming the site by excavating the rocky hills in order to build artificial cliffs. In her painting she reimagines the topography by interjecting cantilevered beams and shard-like fragments that seem to splinter the structure into its myriad parts, as if it had been subjected to some powerful destabilizing force. In dissecting landscape and structure into geometric forms and suggesting multiple viewpoints at once, Hadid reveals her interest in Russian Constructivism and Cubism, while the composition of fractured geometries demonstrates an approach known as "deconstructivist architecture."
Gallery label from 2017