Architecture and design studio Snøhetta has completed Under, Europe’s first underwater restaurant located in Lindesnes, Norway. The restaurant, which seats up to 40 people, has a huge panoramic window so visitors can watch marine life while they dine. It also functions as a center for interdisciplinary research teams to study marine biology and fish behavior, through cameras and other measurement tools installed on and outside the facade of the restaurant.
In Norwegian, “under” has the dual meaning of ”below” and ”wonder”. Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s 34-meter long monolithic form breaks the surface of the water to rest directly on the seabed five meters below. The structure is designed to fully integrate into its marine environment over time, as the roughness of the concrete shell will function as an artificial reef, welcoming limpets and kelp to inhabit it. With the thick concrete walls lying against the craggy shoreline, the structure is built to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions. Like a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s massive window offers a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions.Read more about the project here.
Photography by Ivar Kvaal, André Martinsen, Inger Marie Grini/Bo Bedre Norge.