Norwegian Architecture Firm Reveals Project for First Underwater Restaurant
Ever dreamed of walking down below the water? Underwater restaurant by architecture firm Snøhetta will make that possible in Europe.
With an emphasis on local cuisine, the underwater restaurant will accommodate up to 100 people. It will be partly submerged, resembling both a periscope and sunken ship, so guests can have a glimpse below the waves through a huge 11 meters wide panoramic window.
To be more specific, five meters and three levels under the sea, featuring a wardrobe area, a champagne bar – that will mark the transition between the shoreline and the ocean – and then the dining area itself.
“The building’s monolithic form breaks the water surface to lie against the craggy shoreline”.
Its name, Under, is a word play: “under” also means “wonder” in Norwegian.
Snøhetta is also taking interior design tips from its surroundings, as some of its room designs will feature a color palette “inspired by the coastal zone, with its subdued colors evoking the sediment of shells, rocks and sand.”
“The dining room is submerged in darker blue and green colors inspired by the seabed, seaweed and rough sea,” reads a release on Snøhetta’s site. “The warm oak of the restaurant interior contrasts with the rough concrete shell, creating an intimate atmosphere. Materials are chosen not only for their aesthetic qualities but also for their sustainable characteristics and ability to create a good indoor climate.”
More than a unique foodie experience in an aquarium, the upcoming underwater restaurant will also serve an ecological purpose, says Snøhetta: it will also double as a marine life research center.
“Over time, as the mollusk community densifies, the submerged monolith will become an artificial mussel reef that functions dually to rinse the sea and naturally attract more marine life to its purified waters,” said the design team.
This way, the reef’s inhabitants will clean the seawater around the restaurant, helping diners observe the sea life more clearly from their dining tables, and attract more marine life to the now more purified waters.
Architects Craig Dykers and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen will be leading this exclusive design project.
Both terrifying and beautiful, this underwater restaurant phenomenon in southern Norway is – likely – due to open in February 2019, near Båly.
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