Arata Isozaki, a Japanese architect who received the Pritzker Prize, often considered the Nobel prize of architecture, died at home in Okinawa Prefecture, his office said Friday. He was 91.

Isozaki, regarded as a visionary who helped foster an architectural dialogue between the East and West, played a leading role in postmodern architecture. His best-known works include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, as well as the Tsukuba Center Building and the Oita Prefectural Library, both in Japan.

File photo shows Japanese architect Arata Isozaki at his 88th birthday party in September 2019, at Hara Museum Arc in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan. The 2019 Pritzker laureate died on Dec. 28, 2022, aged 91. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

He died of old age on Wednesday in the southwestern Japan prefectural capital Naha, the office said.

"My first encounter in architecture was ground zero, no architecture, no city," he said when he won the Pritzker Prize in 2019. "I became interested in how architecture and a city can rise up from ground zero."

Born in the southwestern city of Oita in 1931, Isozaki worked under Japanese architect Kenzo Tange before establishing his own firm in 1963.

He is also known for his international works such as the Sports Hall for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and the Himalayas Center, a multifunctional cultural complex in Shanghai.

File photo taken in October 2019 shows Himalayas Art Center in Shanghai, designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. (Kyodo)

File photo taken in September 2019 shows the Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, in the eastern Japan city of Takasaki, designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.  (Kyodo)

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