A Norwegian architecture firm is planning to build Europe’s first underwater restaurant, a three-level structure along with a panoramic view of the sea floor in southern Norway. According to the official website of the firm, the restaurant, which will also function as a research center for marine life, is a tribute to the Norwegian coast and to Lindesnes – the wild fauna of the sea and the rocky coastline of Norway’s southern tip.
The restaurant, which is named ‘Under’ has a double meaning to it. In Norwegian, “under” can also be translated into ‘wonder’. The structure, which rests on the sea bed five metres below the water’s surface, is built with metre-thick concrete walls to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions. The windows of the structure are designed like a sunken periscope and has massive acrylic windows offering a magnificent view of the seabed – which changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions.
The firm, through its architecture, menu and mission aims to provide information to the public about the biodiversity of the sea and expose them to an inspiring water experience, both ‘physical and intellectual’.
The restaurant building with a seating capacity of over 80 guests will also have informational plaques to guide the guests to the restaurant entrance at the water’s edge. All throughout the path, a narrative of the site will be given to the visitors including information about marine life and more.