Norway set for Underwater Eatery
Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta has released its plans to build Europe’s first underwater restaurant on Norway’s southern coast in the village of Baly.
‘Under’ will be half-sunken and built 16 feet underwater; with a 36-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling acrylic window that allows diners to look out to sea while they eat.
The firm say that the concrete walls used to build ‘Under’ will be a meter thick in order to cope with the demands of rough and rugged sea conditions.
The restaurant’s cloak room on the ground floor will act as the entrance for guests. On the next level down will be a champagne bar, while the bottom floor will be home to the eatery’s dining room.
Danish chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen will provide the menu for diners to enjoy; which is likely to feature many seafood dishes. Between 80 and 100 guests will be able to eat in the underwater restaurant at any one time.
The building has been designed to help the marine ecosystem, and when not being used as a restaurant the structure will serve a secondary function as a marine research center.
The construction’s concrete shell will also feature a rough surface to attract mussels, and over time will become an “artificial mussel reef that functions dually to rinse the sea and naturally attract more marine life to its purified waters,” the design firm added.
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