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Under: Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant Looks Like A Rock From Outside, But Only Until You Step Inside
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Architecture4 years ago

Under: Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant Looks Like A Rock From Outside, But Only Until You Step Inside

Europe is home to the Greek Parthenon in Athens, the Roman Colosseum in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and many, many more architectural masterpieces. You know what it’s lacking, though? An underwater restaurant. But a company called Snøhetta (previously here) is on a quest to change that. They have designed a three-level structure with a 36-foot-wide panoramic window that allows visitors to “journey” to the sea in southern Norway.

At first glance, “Under” looks like a concrete container, tossed into the shallows near the village Båly, but once inside it radiates life. The restaurant will have the space to fit up to 100 guests, and the building will even double as a marine research centre when no one is dining.

“More than an aquarium, the structure will become a part of its marine environment, coming to rest directly on the sea bed five meters below the water’s surface,” Snøhetta writes. “Like a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s massive acrylic windows offer a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions.”

Snøhetta hopes to begin construction next year, with the goal of opening in 2019.

More info: snohetta.com | under.no

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Stille20
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4 years ago

I'm pretty sure this is going to be the setting for the climax of some action film.. I going with the next James Bond.

BlahBlah
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4 years ago

Or Prometheus 2 : P

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Katinka Min
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4 years ago

So much money and resources to destroy a lovely little cove with an ugly stonecontainer, just so a dozen people have a really fab view while having lunch. Lunch, because at dinnertime it'll be dark, so all you'll see is your reflection in the window. Stupid project, imo.

The Cappy
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4 years ago

This may or may not be a good thing but... (1) It's 100 people, (2) since the place isn't destroyed after the first batch leaves, it’s potentially a lot more (see how that works?), and (3) at mid-summer, daylight lasts more than 20 hours.

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Angie Chan
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4 years ago

Is that supposed to be a food item in the 5th picture? I'm a pretty adventurous eater, but that dish makes me think it was seasoned with the crispy bugs pulled from my ceiling lights.

Kara Witham
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4 years ago

Yeah, the food looks unappetizing.

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Stille20
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm pretty sure this is going to be the setting for the climax of some action film.. I going with the next James Bond.

BlahBlah
Community Member
4 years ago

Or Prometheus 2 : P

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Katinka Min
Community Member
4 years ago

So much money and resources to destroy a lovely little cove with an ugly stonecontainer, just so a dozen people have a really fab view while having lunch. Lunch, because at dinnertime it'll be dark, so all you'll see is your reflection in the window. Stupid project, imo.

The Cappy
Community Member
4 years ago

This may or may not be a good thing but... (1) It's 100 people, (2) since the place isn't destroyed after the first batch leaves, it’s potentially a lot more (see how that works?), and (3) at mid-summer, daylight lasts more than 20 hours.

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Angie Chan
Community Member
4 years ago

Is that supposed to be a food item in the 5th picture? I'm a pretty adventurous eater, but that dish makes me think it was seasoned with the crispy bugs pulled from my ceiling lights.

Kara Witham
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah, the food looks unappetizing.

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