Snøhetta designs Europe’s first underwater restaurant in Norway: Under. This namesake holds a double meaning: in Norwegian, “under” can just as well be translated into “wonder”. Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s monolithic form breaks the water surface to lie against the craggy shoreline.
More than an aquarium, Snøhetta‘s structure will become a part of its marine environment, coming to rest directly on the sea bed five meters below the water’s surface. With meter-thick concrete walls, the structure is built to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions.
Having designed some of the world’s most notable public and cultural projects, Snøhetta adds yet another landmark to its extensive repertoire. At the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline by the village of Båly, the architecture firm has designed europe’s very first underwater restaurant. With its immediate proximity with the forces of nature, the restaurant, which will also function as a research center for marine life, is a tribute to the Norwegian coast, to the wild fauna of the sea and to the rocky coastline of Norway’s southern tip.
Photography by Snøhetta