Europe gets its first underwater restaurant
Europe’s first underwater restaurant — Under — has opened in Lindesnes, Norway, a place known for its intense weather conditions, which can change from calm to stormy several times a day.
Located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, the “34-metre long monolithic form breaks the surface of the water to rest directly on the seabed five metres below”. According to a statement, “The restaurant is at a point where the sea storms from the north and south meets.”
Designed by Oslo- and New York-based architecture firm Snøhetta, the structure is “built to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions. The restaurant’s massive window offers a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions”.
The restaurant also functions as a research centre for marine life, providing a tribute to the wild fauna of the sea. The restaurant seats 35-40 dinner guests every night, in a dining room protected by half a meter-thick concrete walls.