On the southern tip of Norway’s coast, the aptly named “Under” restaurant offers fine dining among the fishes.
The award-winning, Oslo-based architecture firm Snøhetta has officially unveiled Under, a semi-submerged restaurant that leans against Norway’s craggy coast.
While the ambitious project isn’t the world’s first undersea eatery (the Conrad Maldives Rangali resort’s underwater Ithaa restaurant took that title when it opened more than a decade ago), it is the world’s largest underwater restaurant—not to mention the first establishment of its kind in Europe.
Snøhetta designed the 111-foot structure to integrate into its marine environment on the coastal tip of Lindesnes, Norway’s southernmost region. Its thick concrete walls—the outside of which were left intentionally coarse to serve as an artificial reef for mussels—were built to endure southern Norway’s famously dramatic weather conditions.
As guests make their way downstairs, oak- and textile-clad ceiling panels reference the natural hues of a sunset above the ocean, which Snøhetta designers intended as a “metaphor for the journey of descending from land to sea.”
As stand-alone restaurant projects go, Under is undeniably impressive. Whether it can achieve its dual ambition, emerging as both a Norwegian ecological shrine and an international culinary hot spot, only time (and tide) will tell.
Under is now accepting reservations starting from early April.
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