Norwegian company Snohetta starts building the first underwater restaurant in Europe
Hydrobiologists, engineers and restaurateurs have teamed up to create a unique facility in the southernmost point of Norway. It will be called “Under” and most of the structure will be located at a depth of 5 m under water. Panoramic windows of the restaurant will coexist with man-made underwater beds and advanced hydrotechnical research instruments.
The goal is simple, but ambitious: to create a place where scientists and engineers can work on underwater projects, and the public firsthand to see their achievements. Unusual technologies will attract visitors, the income from the restaurant will help fund research. The project will be implemented by Snøhetta, which is responsible for the construction of the world’s first tunnel for ships under the rock.
To counteract the water element, the main hall of the restaurant will receive concrete walls with a thickness of 1 m and strong acrylic windows. He will be warmed by the “underwater heat pump”, and stable conditions on the seabed near the object will allow to arrange plantations of mollusks, corals and algae. Some of them will fall into the restaurant’s menu, and acoustic traps will entice wild fish to the windows for the entertainment of the guests.
It is expected that the underwater restaurant will be able to accommodate up to 100 people, its cuisine will be entirely built on local seafood, and Danish chef Nikolai Elitsgaard Pedersen is invited to manage it. The construction of “Under” will begin in February 2018, it is planned to open it in a year. It will be the first underwater restaurant in Europe.