The restaurant is called Under, designed by Snøhetta architectural consulting firm. The building is located in Lindesnes, the southernmost point of the Norwegian coast, where the unique confluence develops both brackish and saltwater ecosystems.
The word "Under" in Norwegian means "below" but also means "magic". To make it easier to imagine, you can imagine Under being like a 34-meter-long container that is pinned down to a depth of 5.5 meters of water.
Under's submerged surface is finished with a giant glass 3.5 meters high and 11 meters long, helping diners to dine while watching the scenery and the sea creatures outside.
Under's exterior is finished to be fully adapted to the marine environment over time. The rough concrete surface will act as artificial coral reefs to help marine life such as snails and algae can cling to it and live.
Lindesnes is known as a place with extreme weather conditions when it comes to storms from both the south and north. It can move from a peaceful to a thunderstorm several times a day, making the terrestrial and submarine landscape change constantly without notice.
Visitors coming here will be impressed by the sudden transition from storms, cold to peaceful, warm only in a split second when entering the restaurant.
Under is equipped with walls and glass panels up to 1 meter thick (the thickness is equivalent to the bomb shelters during the war) to be able to withstand pressures and vibrations from the sea in harsh conditions.
Under construction process is described as follows: The rough part of the restaurant is built on a barge, the glass panels will also be fully attached at this time. After the construction of the restaurant will be towed by crane and tug to the position of available concrete pillars fixed below. Under will then be slowed down until he comes into contact with these concrete pillars and is screwed to fix it. When the entire restaurant was firmly attached to the concrete pillars, they began pumping water out and conducting interior construction.
The dining room with 380 LED bulbs that can change colors in each context combined with lighting system outside the restaurant will bring diners an experience of watching the extremely impressive sea view.
Real guests to Under are encouraged to dine and visit with the time from 3.5 to 4 hours to get the most complete experience.
The dishes at Under use local ingredients such as cod, lobster, mussels, kelp and are prepared at the hands of 2-star chef Michellin, Nicolai Ellitsgaard.
Under is not just a restaurant but also a research center on marine life. It will welcome research groups on marine biology and behavior of fish species. Scientists will observe, study and collect data on the diversity and behavior of marine species through cameras and other tracking tools placed above and outside the restaurant.
The underwater restaurant or restaurant that can see the sea creatures is not a new idea. But the way Snøhetta built Under and the experience Under brought was completely different from the rest of Dubai or the Maldives.
Some technical pictures and information about this unique architecture:
- Design company: Snøhetta
- Construction site: Lindesnes, Norway
- Investor: Stig and Gaute Ubostad
- Kind: Restaurant
- Acreage: 495 square meters
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