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“Under” – Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant

Located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, where the sea storms from the north and south meet, the project is situated at a unique confluence. Marine species flourish here in the both briny and brackish waters to produce a natural abundance in biodiversity at the site. The Snøhetta-designed restaurant also functions as a research center for marine life, providing a tribute to the wild fauna of the sea and to the rocky coastline of Norway’s southern tip.

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. 

More info: snohetta.com

Image credits: Ivar Kvaal
Image credits: Ivar Kvaal
Image credits: Ivar Kvaal
Image credits: Ivar Kvaal
Image credits: Ivar Kvaal

In Norwegian, “under” means both “below” and “wonder”. Half-sunken in the sea, the building’s 111-foot long monolithic form breaks the surface of the water to rest on the seabed below. Going a step further, the structure is built to integrate eventually into its marine environment, because the roughness of the concrete shell will work as an artificial reef, hosting the limpets and kelp that inhabit it.

Image credits: snohetta
Image credits: Ivar Kvaal
Image credits: underlindesnes
Image credits: Ivar Kvaal
Image credits: underlindesnes
Image credits: underlindesnes
Image credits: Inger Marie Grini
Image credits: Inger Marie Grini
Image credits: Ivar Kvaal
Image credits: Ivar Kvaal
Image credits: Ivar Kvaal

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