Under - dining with a difference
It's been well documented as to just how far the Nordic restaurant scene has developed in the past few years, being at the forefront of modern dining experiences. Norwegian architect Snøhetta is combining that trend with Scandinavia's pioneering approach to bold architecture with this newly-released design for Europe's first underwater restaurant named Under. The name holds a double meaning in Norwegian - “under” can just as well be translated into “wonder.” The building is based on a huge concrete inverted periscope, which will rest on the seabed and have a huge panoramic window offering views of the wild, changing North Sea.
Located in Båly, at the southernmost point of Norway, the restaurant will seat up to 100 people. It will also act as a scientific research station and an artificial mussel bed.
The building's concrete walls will be one metre thick in order to withstand the inhospitable environment. The window will be 11 metres wide and made from acrylic, offering diners views of the sea life in this rugged maritime environment.
Inside, the restaurant will feature stylish, modern Nordic interior design. With wooden features, and green and blue colour schemes, the dining room is intended to mirror the aquatic environment all round it. Lighting will be muted, while lights installed on the sea bed outside of the restaurant will allow diners the best views of the sea life outside.
This truly is a great example of the pioneering Scandinavian approach to architecture, technology, biodiversity and design all being rolled into one marvellous project. The restaurant is scheduled to open to the public in 2019 so if you are feeling inspired, keep an eye out for table reservations next year!
Photo courtesy by Snøhetta