Imagine having a meal five meters below sea level. A new restaurant appropriately named“Under” in Southern Norway will be Europe’s first under-water restaurant and its nearing completion.
Ocean view is taken to a whole new level.
When you step into the restaurant entrance, Just walk down the stairs and guests are 5 meters below sea level. the structure will accommodate about 100 visitors at a time .
In the dining area, guests will get an up-close “sea-view” through transparent glass walls and windows- all sorts of fish species swim by including huge cod, colorful lip fishes, lobsters in gladiator battles, seals, spiny dogfish (i.e. mini sharks), distinctive seaweed and kelp in the changing seasons.
In addition, they get to see a live performance of the roaring sea and charging waves splashing against the restaurant glass. Sea lighting has been carefully designed to be placed in the surrounding areas to enable guests get a good view of the waves and sea creatures even at night.
How it was designed
According to the project manager Rune Grasdal, The design of the structure was subject to several revisions. “Initially, they started with complicated designs, but after a long discussion and many different models we ended up doing things in a much simpler way.
There is nothing super fancy about the exterior of the restaurant- It’s just a fortified concrete tube that brings people from the land down to the sea, it’s so simple. The exterior was built with a thick concrete slab slightly curved and thick to withstand the pressure of wind, waves and water for another 100 years
It was built on land within six months near the sea coast then submerged into to the sea floor with a total of 18 anchoring points. The concrete shell is designed to invite sea mussels to cling onto it and blend into the surrounding nature.
The 110-foot long structure was submerged in July 2018 and work is now underway to complete the interiors, in anticipation of the public opening in spring 2019.
According to the project manager, it’s most beautiful when the sea current is heavy
“It will be fantastic to see the sea surface broken up by the big waves and the rain, making for a very dramatic view — although you will still feel safe and relaxed inside the restaurant.”
The tasting menu, created by Danish head chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen, is still under wraps but reliable sources say guest would be feasting mainly on sea food – How appropriate. The restaurant is accepting reservations starting in April 2019, although availability is already limited well into the summer.