There's A New Underwater Restaurant In Norway And It Looks Amazing

April 1, 2019

There's a new restaurant in Norway that is five and a half meters below the surface, exposing you to the wonders beneath the sea.

underwater restaurant Norway
Photo credit: Ivar Kvaal

Europe's first underwater restaurant, Under, welcomed guests in Lindesnes, Norway on March 20th, 2019.

In Norwegian, "Under" has the dual meaning of "below" and "wonder".

underwater restaurant Norway
Photo credit: Ivar Kvaal

The 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.

underwater restaurant Norway
Photo credit: Ivar Kvaal

"Under is a natural progression of our experimentation with boundaries, says Snøhetta Founder and Architect, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen.

 

"As a new landmark for Southern Norway, Under proposes unexpected combinations of pronouns and prepositions, and challenges what determines a person's physical placement in their environment."

underwater restaurant Norway
Photo credit: Ivar Kvaal

He continued: "In this building, you may find yourself under water, over the seabed, between land and sea. This will offer you new perspectives and ways of seeing the world, both beyond and beneath the waterline."

underwater restaurant Norway
Photo credit: Ivar Kvaal

"For most of us, this is a totally new world experience. It's not an aquarium, it's the wildlife of the North Sea. That makes it much more interesting. It takes you directly into the wildness," Rune Grasdal, lead architect of Under, told Dezeen. "If the weather is bad, it's very rough. It's a great experience, and to sit here and be safe, allowing the nature so close into you. It's a very romantic and nice experience."

underwater restaurant Norway
Photo credit: Ivar Kvaal

underwater restaurant Norway
Photo credit: Ivar Kvaal

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