Five meters below the surface of the North Sea, near the southernmost tip of Norway, Europe’s first underwater restaurant is nearing completion.
Under is the design of Norwegian company Snøhetta, also known for working on projects such as Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, The Oslo Opera House, the National September 11 Memorial Pavilion and the renovation of Times Square in New York.
First submerged in July 2018, the restaurant will open in spring 2019. When finished, it will accommodate about 100 guests in an area of around 500 square meters, set over three levels that offer unique underwater views of the surrounding marine environment. The biggest highlight – a 11-meter wide panoramic window.
The restaurant was built in about six months on a barge near the coast and then the structure was submerged and secured to the sea floor with a total of 18 anchoring points.
More than half of the structure is submerged, and guests will gain access through a glass walkway that will bridge the gap between the coast and the entrance, which will be at shore level.
As far as the menu is concerned, it is known that chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pederson will be in charge and that there will be a focus on local seafood.