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Europe’s First Underwater Eatery Will Open In Norway

Europe’s First Underwater Eatery Will Open In Norway

Europe’s newest dining destination brings new meaning to the word “seafood”: The appropriately named Under will be sunk off Norway’s southern coast and covered by an artificial mussel reef.

The brainchild of Oslo-based architecture firm Snøhetta, Under takes the form of a “concrete shipwreck” around five hours south of the Norwegian capital. It’ll sit around 5m below the water’s surface and boast a 10m-wide acrylic window looking onto the sea life beyond.

It’s expected that between 80 and 100 diners will be able to enjoy a meal at any one time. The restaurant will be reached through a champagne bar on land.

But, while its primary purpose will be to feed the humans who venture into its depths, it’ll also serve as a marine research facility. Under will help to “optimise conditions on the seabed so that fish and shellfish can thrive in proximity to the restaurant”, according to information on Snøhetta’s website.

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While the opening date has yet to be revealed, architects say incorporation of the coastal elements is all part of the experience. “On a day of rough sea, you can feel a hint of fresh, salty ocean spray agains your face as you enter the restaurant,” they say.

(All images: Snøhetta)

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