‘Under’, Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant

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‘Under’ is the name of a stunning new project by architecture/design group Snøhetta, who has grown to be one of the most famous firms in the world.  Meaning both “under” and “wonder” in Norwegian, the restaurant is a slab of concrete that erupts out of the coastline like a monolith from a science fiction movie.  Created with three foot thick walls, the structure is meant to withstand the harsh weather of the Norwegian coastline, and become home to the mollusks and other marine creatures that live in the area.  An enormous 33 x 12 foot acrylic window serves as the porthole to the sea, offering incredible views and a sense of wonder to the dining guests.

Like a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s massive acrylic windows offer a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions.

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From Snøhetta’s website:

Through its architecture, menu and mission of informing the public about the biodiversity of the sea, Under will provide an under-water experience inspiring a sense of awe and delight, activating all the senses – both physical and intellectual.

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The structure from above is simple and straightforward, with a canted design that peers into the ocean below.  Obviously, serious engineering and design will be in play, to make sure this one-of-a-kind building lasts for years to come. Located in Lindesnes, Norway, the project is under initial construction now, no immediate word on opening date. Via Snøhetta’s website. 

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 The building comfortably accommodates 80-100 guests. Muted lighting from the inside of the restaurant and installed on the seabed will help stage the wildlife flourishing on the sandbank outside the 11 x 4-meter panoramic acrylic window.