– Visitors can view the underwater life while dining
Underwater Restaurant named Under to open in Norway by 2019
If you’ve ever had a fantasy of dining under water, you will have an opportunity to fulfil that very soon- you may just have to go to Norway to have your wish.
In 2019, a new restaurant called Under will open in Lindesnes, Norway, along the country’s southern coast. The place, which will also double as a marine research facility, will give visitors the chance to dine and wine in an underwater space where they can look at members of the coastal ecosystem.
At the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline by the village of Båly, Snøhetta has designed the underwater restaurant «Under». 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. The restaurant, which will also function as a research center for marine life, is a tribute to the Norwegian coast and to #Lindesnes – to the wild fauna of the sea and to the rocky coastline of Norway’s southern tip. #architecture #interiorarchitecture #restaurant #marine #Norway 📷 @mir.no
Under will be housed in a pressure-resistant and shock-resistant space with acrylic windows that provides a clear view into the underwater world. The building will be 6, 500 square-foot with 3. 25 feet thick cement walls; it is a slab-like, half-submerged structure. Diners will enter from land and go down into the dining room which is about 16.5 feet under the surface. At its lowest edge, it rests on the sea floor.
The under-water restaurant is being designed by Snohetta, an architecture firm based in Norway. The firm compared the design of the building to a sunken periscope. However, steps are also being taken to make sure that visitors do not feel claustrophobic. The project’s lead architect, Rune Grasdal, revealed that natural materials and pleasant lighting are being incorporated in the design to make it more welcoming.
The Under website said “Our goal is to show off the Norwegian coastal ecosystem” and create “a new niche for underwater tourism,”
The menu for the restaurant will be directed by Chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard and will, of course, prominently feature seafood.