Design For An Under-The-Sea Dining Experience In Norway

November 6, 2017

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This is architecture firm Snøhetta's design for Under, a restaurant in southern Norway that will offer guests an underwater view of the seabed. Construction is supposed to begin in 2018, with an opening date sometime in 2019. No word if it will smell like I imagine it will smell. Also no word if you can point at what fish you want to eat and a diver will go net it for you. I want the one swimming belly-up!

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."

So like, what are the chances there will be a nightly mermaid show? Because I feel like that could really draw a crowd. Although it would suck to get a seat facing the back of the restaurant. Except for me, I'm fine with it. What are they doing now -- anything cool?! "They all just went topless." Hot diggity dog! Describe it to me, are their nipples shaped like starfish or sand dollars? "Just turn your chair around." No, I prefer my imagination.

Keep going for a handful more renderings.

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Thanks to Cyndi M, who agrees its all fun and games until a radioactive shark breaks the glass and eats all the diners.

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