Underwater Restaurant in Norway “Under” by Snøhetta
Europe’s first underwater restaurant “Under” opened up in Baaly, Norway. Designed by a Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, the company also developed the Opera House in Oslo, as well as the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York.
“Under” also means “wonder” in Norwegian — “The fascination is just this movement from above water to underwater through the building ... The big window exposes the underwater, not like an aquarium, it’s the real thing,” Snoehetta’s founder Kjetil Traedal Thorsen told Reuters.
Lead by an eight-meter flight of stairs, you enter into a large dining area that seats approximately 40 guests. The restaurant serves a full 18-course meal, put together from local ingredients and seafood, costing up to $430 USD or 3,700 Crowns per person (including drinks).
The restaurant is filled with natural light during the day, accompanied by the greenish color of the water.
Thorsen states that the construction of the architecture is able to cope with very harsh weather and is designed in a specific way, appropriate for withstanding obstacles that may come — calling it “the wave of the century”.
“The goal is to get 50 percent of the guests who eat there to spend the night in the hotel as well... We expect around 12,000 people eating dinner every year,” said one of two brothers who own the restaurant and a nearby hotel, Gaute Ubostad.
The restaurant not only offers a unique place to dine in but also doubles up as a marine research center. “Under” already has more than 7,000 customers booked to feast amongst the sea-life.