Cool design for underwater restaurant in Norway

Architecture firm Snøhetta released its design concept for Under, a restaurant planned for the coast along Norway’s southernmost tip.

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Under’s 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, the 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. Like a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s massive acrylic windows offer a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions.

It’s even designed with a rough exterior to form an artificial mussel reef over time.

Under (Snøhetta via ArchDaily)

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