Snøhetta has announced the completion of Europe’s first underwater restaurant. Situated in Lindesness, on the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, the “Under” scheme serves as both a restaurant and a research center for marine life. Open to the public on March 20th, the half-sunken scheme forms a 34-meter-long monolithic break in the surface of the water, before resting on the seabed five meters below. Situated at a point where sea storms from the north and south meet, and where marine species flourish in both briny and brackish waters, the Snøhetta scheme places itself at a unique confluence. Designed to fully integrate its marine environment over time, the scheme’s rough concrete shell will gradually transform into an artificial reef. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted with a hushed, oak-clad foyer to contrast with the unruly outdoors, while rich interiors create a warm, welcoming atmosphere inside the restaurant. Textile-clad ceiling panels reference the colors of a sunset over the ocean, while the subtle elegance of the finely-woven panels lends a serene ambiance to the building.
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