The first ever underwater restaurant in Europe is set to launch in Norway by early 2019; it will serve food and drinks to up to 100 guests.
Outside restaurant hours, the building will serve as a research center for marine life, ChannelNewsAsia reported.
Award-winning Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta – known for its work on the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and World Trade Center project in the United States – designed the building as a “sunken periscope”, it said on its website.
Located on the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline by the village of Båly, the building is half-sunken into the sea, coming to rest directly on the seabed five meters below the water’s surface.
Aptly named Under, the restaurant will have meter-thick concrete walls designed to withstand rugged sea conditions and an 11 x 4-meter panoramic acrylic window to view the seabed as it changes throughout seasons and weather.
The building has three floors: The first holds a cloakroom, below that there is a champagne bar that marks the transition between the shoreline and the ocean.
The restaurant is located at the seabed level, where two long dining tables and several smaller tables are placed in front of the large panoramic window.
“On a day of rough sea, you can feel a hint of fresh, salty ocean spray against your face as you enter the restaurant,” Snøhetta said.
Parts of the restaurant will be dedicated to a marine biology research center. Researchers will also help create optimal conditions on the seabed so that fish and shellfish can thrive near the restaurant, Snøhetta said.