Nature Abounds At Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 3 months ago | News

Image: Under restaurant in Norway. Image source.

Under is Europe’s first and the world’s largest underwater restaurant. Taking its first bookings last week, the submerged structure measures 110-feet long and sits five meters below the surface of the North Sea, near the southernmost tip of Norway. The restaurant caters for up to 40 guests and offers stunning underwater views of the surrounding marine environment through a panoramic window. 

Under was designed by Norwegian outfit Snøhetta – which also worked on the Oslo Opera House, the National September 11 Memorial Pavilion and the renovation of Times Square in New York. "When the client came to us, they had already done some sketches on another site close to the current one, but we convinced them to build a few hundred meters away, where the sea is actually rougher,” explains Rune Grasdal, a senior architect at Snøhetta. “We thought this would better capture the nature of the area and I think that's also what makes this more spectacular compared to other underwater restaurants in the world, as they are in very controlled areas.” 

Image: Under restaurant in Norway. Image source.

Bringing diners closer to the elements was an important part of the design brief for Under, then, which is why the restaurant is made of reinforced concrete that can withstand the harsh conditions characteristic of this part of the Norwegian coastline. The curved concrete shell is also designed to invite mussels to cling onto it and thus blend into the surrounding nature.

In keeping with the nature-first approach at Under, the menu also relies heavily on local seafood, mushrooms, berries, seabirds and wild sheep from the surrounding landscape. The tasting menu has been created by Danish head chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen and is a natural extension of the restaurant’s modus operandi, which is to bring diners closer to the wild waters of Norway.

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