As the first underwater restaurant planned to be built in Europe, Under’s namesake holds a double meaning: In Norwegian, “under” can just as well be translated into “wonder.”
And indeed it is a wonder to be seen.
This will be the new edition of underwater restaurants which already exist in other parts of the world like Dubai, the Maldives and Florida. This one is planned to be built in the southern part of Norway, five hours from Oslo. The creators of the project are from an Oslo-based architecture firm called Snøhetta who designed the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Pavilion in New York.
It will look like a ”sunken periscope” sunken 16 feet under the surface with an entrance and cloakroom at the coastal level, and it will be found near to a village called Båly.
The wall of the restaurant will be three feet thick in order to be able to withstand the harsh conditions of the North Sea, with an outer shell which will have a coarse surface allowing molluscs to latch onto it. The idea is that overtime the building could become a part of the marine landscape which will be a good place for teams of researchers to study the marine behavior out of dining hours.
With two long tables stretching through the dining room plus a couple of smaller ones by the windows, it will be able to accommodate up to 100 guests. The atmosphere will be set by the lights which are planned to be placed on the seabed outside the restaurant allowing the guests better to see the show preformed by nature through an 11 x 4 -meter panoramic acrylic window. All the guests will pass through three levels from the entrance they will enter the wardrobe area, then one level down is the champagne bar which marks the transition between the shoreline and the ocean.
Construction begins on February 2018.