Mark Fenwick - Partner
Fenwick Iribarren Architects
MARK FENWICK SPORT ARCHITECTURE IN SPAIN
Mark Fenwick graduated in Architecture in 1980 from Kingston University, London, and moved to Spain in 1984 where he finished his university studies at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid.
In 1991 Mark initiated an independent studio of architecture, and today, in partnership with Javier Iribarren, Fenwick Iribarren Architects is an International Architectural Office which stands out in quality of design and research, and which has been awarded many prizes for buildings and competitions both nationally and internationally.
Fenwick Iribarren began their incursion in Sport´s Architecture when they won an international competition for the new RCD Espanyol stadium in Barcelona in 2005, winner of the Stadium venue award for Best World Sports Venue in 2009 and for the Best Stadium in The Spanish First Division in 2012. This stadium has also been object of study by the UEFA who uses it as a “model centre” for its KISS program for the 52 European national federations.
In 2004 Fenwick Iribarren were commissioned to develop the new Valencia CF stadium for 75.000 spectators. The impressive design of the stadium received the approval of national and international entities but its construction is at a standstill as a consequence of the economic crisis.
Mark Fenwick is author of the official UEFA’s book, UEFA Guide to Quality Stadiums, a reference publication in the stadium world. He travels in collaboration with UEFA and FIFA in order to advise national federations on their events & stadium projects.
Fenwick Iribarren has carried out competitions and stadium projects, developing the Master Plan for the new Real Madrid CF stadium, as specialist consultants on the new Atlético de Madrid stadium, and competitions for the Zaragoza CF, Nastic CF, Málaga CF, and Osasuna CF, among others.
Internationally, they are involved in the concept design of the Norwegian National Stadium, the Albanian National Stadium, Casablanca Stadium and the Constantine Stadium.
Currently, Mark Fenwick is working on a project for one of the stadiums included in the World Football Cup in Qatar in 2022, the Qatar Foundation Stadium, with the novelty of being the first architects in the world to develop a totally new cooling system for an open football stadium.
As one of the most surprising and original architectural sports projects under way in the world today, Fenwick Iribarren has designed a modern Cameldrome stadium with a movement system where a mobile auditorium allows the spectators to follow the camel race alongside the track, a system which has recently been patented by the State of Qatar.
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