Europe’s first underwater restaurant

Europe’s first underwater restaurant
By Doloresz Katanich

<p>Seafood belongs in the sea and for the first time diners in Europe will be able to enjoy it there.</p> <p>‘Under’ is opening at the southernmost point of Norway’s coastline near the village of Båly and as well as a restaurant will function as a research centre for marine life, according to the project’s international architects.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/39/75/397593/640x350_bonus-1-640x350.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Credit: Snøhetta and <span class="caps">MIR</span></em></p> <p><a href="https://snohetta.com/">Snøhetta</a>, known for their work on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, says that the monolithic structure will become a part of its marine environment, five metres below the surface of the sea.</p> <p>The meter-thick concrete walls offer a coarse surface under water to invite mussels to cling to. </p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/39/75/397593/640x250_bonus-2-640x250.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Credit: Snøhetta and <span class="caps">MIR</span></em></p> <p>Resembling a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s 11 × 4-metre panoramic acrylic window offers views of the seabed throughout the year. </p> <p>Snøhetta emphasises that Under has been designed with high environmental considerations and the capacity to act as a research base. </p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/39/75/397593/640x250_bonus-2016226OSN3-640x250.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Credit: Snøhetta and <span class="caps">MIR</span></em></p> <p>There will be three levels, the entrance, a champagne bar and the restaurant, it can accommodate up to 100 guests.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.under.no/en/">project</a> is to be completed by early 2019.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/39/75/397593/640x400_bonus-2016226OSN5-640x400.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Credit: Snøhetta and <span class="caps">MIR</span></em></p> <p><!--[if lt IE 9]><script type="text/javascript" src="//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/es5-shim/4.1.0/es5-shim.js"></script><script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.11.1/jquery.min.js"></script><script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery-migrate-1.2.1.min.js"></script><![endif]--><!--[if gte IE 9]><!--><script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery-2.1.1.min.js"></script><!--<![endif]--><br /> <!-- IE8 snippet end --></p> <p><script type="text/javascript" src="http://flights.euronews.com/scripts/widget/sswidget.load.v1.min.js?product=flights&type=compact&language=en-GB"></script></p>