The largest underwater restaurant in the world – Under in Lidnesnes / Southern Norway
Anyone who wants to enjoy their fish dish five and a half meters below the surface of the sea has been able to fulfill this dream since 2019. Because the first underwater restaurant in Norway and Europe has opened on the southern peninsula of Lindesnes. That this project is not modest is shown by the fact that the Under in Norway is also the largest underwater restaurant in the world.
Rough as the sea
The Lindesnes coast is rough and rugged. The sea is rarely really gentle in this region. Rugged rocks reflect the character of the North Atlantic. Somewhere in the middle, a concrete cuboid slides evenly and in shape into the water, right down to the bottom of the sea.
Just above the sea floor, a huge panoramic window literally immerses us in the local underwater world. without being exposed to the cold and danger of the sea. In the middle of this sensitive ecosystem of the Norwegian coastal landscape, we can participate in the unique and rarely seen underwater world.
In order to realize the idea of Under, the largest future largest underwater restaurant in the world in Norway, one quickly won one of the most innovative architecture offices in Norway. Snøhetta is a name that you cannot avoid when dealing with modern Norwegian architecture. Regional partners were also brought on board early.
In essence, a balance should be struck between communicating the sensitive marine ecosystems and using them. Both above the water and below the surface of the sea. Perhaps visitors to the Underwater Restaurant Under would get a completely new relationship with food.
The Underwater Restaurant Under was designed with the geographical and natural surroundings in mind. In the future, the materials should form a unit with the coastal landscape. Thanks to its rough concrete surface, the Underwater Restaurant Under will develop into a reef in the next few years as the basis for a species-rich eco-system. Above all, kelp and limpets are at home here.
The design of the Underwater Restaurant Under can be assigned to the architectural style of brutalism. But in addition to the design, the building envelope must also withstand extreme weather and the associated strong vibrations. Because raging waves would otherwise make this underwater structure a game ball.
Under Restaurant Lindesnes, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photoInside, strong acrylic glass panes offer direct visual contact with the underwater world at sea level. Depending on the weather and the season, completely new impressions develop here again and again. Because here, at the southernmost point of Norway, the weather conditions can change quickly and dramatically, the influences of the infamous Skagerak are often omnipresent.
In order to give the passive and active restlessness of the immediate surroundings a calming contrast, the entrance area of the facade is clad in muted oak. Inside, textile ceiling claddings in the colors of the sunset provide a reference to man’s journey from land to sea. The stairway optically lets the sun sink into the sea.
Lindesnes, Under, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photoArrived inside the Underwater Restaurant Under, a warm, harmonious and tidy atmosphere welcomes us. The simplicity of the interior draws attention to the exciting life through the panoramic window into the sea. We remain silent for a moment and slowly embark on an emotional journey into another world, unknown to us in this form. A perspective opens up for us, which we may only experience once in this place from this point of view.
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