This painting shows how the building plan took shape. "The site was a car factory converted into a military barracks and the big decision was [whether] to keep the barracks or demolish them," Hadid says. "I decided consciously to demolish them because I thought a new institution for contemporary art should not be housed in an existing building."
"There is a geometry which is always adjusting to the geometry of the site. Every move in the building is parallel to something else, and when you walk around it, you notice it."
"It has natural light coming from the whole roof, because it's a very horizontal museum. Everywhere, you have light coming through."
Although the building is new, it's "not necessarily very loud," Hadid says. "It's big, but quite modest."
"The Romans love it. It's always completely packed. Every afternoon, the elderly come and meet there. They bring their chairs and sit down and it becomes a plaza. That's very nice," she says.
Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, Hadid says she has wanted to be an architect since she was 10.
One of Hadid's favorite buildings is the Mezquita Cathedral of Cordoba in Andalusia, Spain. It sparked her first interest in architecture when she visited as a child.
"I didn't realise how obviously it was in my mind until I went back a few years ago to see the great mosque again," Hadid says.
Returning, she was awed again. "I just thought it was an amazing space. I didn't understand as a child how amazing. But it was amazing because it was a hybrid. It's an existing [mosque] with the cathedral dropped in it. They bring in light from a darker space -- almost like a modern project," she said.
The Moorish arch at the entrance to the Mosque (or Mezquita) in Cordoba. It was consecrated as a Christian church in 1236, and in the 16th century, a cathedral nave was built in its center.
Being an architect can be "very difficult" and "very painful," Hadid says. "You have no control over what happens, no control over money, no control over the client. Things can change constantly and it requires so much effort to make a good building." But "as a profession, it's a great idea," she says. "Incredible when you perfect your game. There is nothing as satisfying."
Fluidity has always characterized Hadid's style, as seen in this cable railway station in Innsbruck, Austria, completed in 2007. But, she says, her buildings do change. "In the earlier period, every project was different from the one before, although we learnt from our own repertoire. We were always trying to reinvent the language, but now we just try to perfect it."
Hadid won international acclaim for the Aquatics Centre she designed for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The Pierresvives houses an archive, a library and a sports department, and is Hadid's first building in France.
As well as buildings, Hadid has designed a Louis Vuitton handbag, a tea and coffee set and vase for Alessi, furniture and lighting, and these plastic shoes for Brazilian footwear brand Melissa.