Dining under the Sea- Underwater restaurant in Norway
There is a restaurant in Norway, which is built under the sea. It is the largest underwater restaurant in Europe. This restaurant is teaching scientists about the Atlantic Ocean, while giving diners a deeper connection to the water. The restaurant is called ‘Under’ which means ‘wonder’ in Norwegian.
All its dishes uses sustainable ingredients, as well as every part of the fish. The walls of the restaurant provide a home for seaweed and barnacles. But this restaurant also gets government funding for being an underwater lab where marine scientists study ocean life and inspire people to care for the environment by enjoying themselves.
Under’s collaboration has made the marine lab possible for the nearby university, enabling valuable environmental research.
Those who are uneasy about dining underwater should know that Under’s walls are three feet thick and have been specifically designed to withstand the pressure and shocks of a marine environment.
In fact, Snohetta, the architectural brains behind Under, is so confident in its design that it chose to deliberately place Under in waters that is known to be harsh.
“The most exciting experience will be visiting the restaurant during rough weather,” explains Rune Grasdal, a senior architect at Snohetta.
“It will be fantastic to see the sea surface broken up by the big waves and the rain, making for a very dramatic view.”
Grasdal also noted that Under’s slightly curved shape helps to minimize wave impact, and that the entire structure was designed with Norway’s treacherous wind and waves in mind.
The restaurant was secured to the sea floor using 18 anchoring points. Not all of it is under water though, half of the restaurant is above the surface like a bobbing ice cube. How dramatic is that?
This is an incredible way to make people care about the ocean while they enjoy dining under the sea.