Top 5 Buildings By 2019 Pritzker Prize-Winner Arata Isozaki

The most prestigious prize in architecture has been awarded to the Japanese architect.

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Yasuhiro Ishimoto

This year's Pritzker Prize, the most coveted accolade in the world of architecture, has been awarded to Arata Isozaki. Growing up in post-World War II Japan, it was the destruction and bombed out buildings that spurred the 87-year-old architect's interest in building ones of his own design. For more than 50 years since, he has become a giant, having worked everywhere from Galicia, Spain, to Doha, Qatar. He is perhaps best known in the United States for his first stateside building, the beautiful Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, which was completed in the 1980s and is still one of the most beloved buildings in Southern California.

Isozaki's Pritzker citation reads: "Clearly, he is one of the most influential figures in contemporary world architecture on a constant search, not afraid to change and try new ideas. His architecture rests on profound understanding, not only of architecture but also of philosophy, history, theory and culture. He has brought together East and West, not through mimicry or as a collage, but through the forging of new paths. He has set an example of generosity as he supports other architects and encourages them in competitions or through collaborative works."

Here, ELLE Decor presents Isozaki's five greatest buildings.

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1 Domus: La Casa del Hombre (A Coruña, Spain)
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Hisao Suzuki

Completed in 1995

2 Kitakyushu Central Library (Kitakyushu, Japan)
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Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Completed in 1974

3 Nara Centennial Hall (Nara, Japan)
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Hisao Suzuki

Completed in 1998

4 Ceramic Park Mino (Gifu, Japan)
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Hisao Suzuki

Completed in 2003

5 Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles)
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Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Completed in 1986

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