Under: Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant

Renowned architecture firm and design studio, Snøhetta, has unveiled conceptual photos of its planned underwater restaurant aptly called Under in Norway. Located at the southernmost tip of the Norwegian coastline, it will be Europe’s first underwater restaurant. The restaurant is designed as a concrete monolith that will be partially submerged into the sea near the village of Båly.

With its immediate proximity with the forces of nature, 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.

“We’ll attract tourists from all over the world. That is our goal. I hope and believe that this will be the start of a new age for the travel industry,” says Gaute Ubostad, one of the founders of this very special restaurant project.

Under will be the world’s largest underwater restaurant with seating capacity for 100 guests. Down in the restaurant, the notion of an “ocean view” takes on a whole new meaning. There, a huge glass wall will give you unique insight into the bustling life in the sea (Skagerrak) outside.

The building’s concrete walls will be a metre thick, helping to withstand its inhospitable environment. Externally, this concrete will have a coarse texture, to encourage mussels to attach themselves to the structure.

“Over time, as the mollusk community densifies, the submerged monolith will become an artificial mussel reef that functions dually to rinse the sea and naturally attract more marine life to its purified waters,” said the design team.

The head chef at Under is named Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen. Pedersen was formerly the head chef at the acclaimed gourmet restaurant “Måltid” in Kristiansand city centre.

The underwater tourist attraction is scheduled to open to the public in 2019.

via [designboom]