Under, a half-sunken Norwegian restaurant — and the world’s largest underwater eating establishment — is a huge hit. Under, which has a maximum seating capacity of 100, is the creative brainchild of world-famous architect Kjetil Trædal Thorsen. After years of hype and anticipation, curious diners can now start making reservations at Under (Lindesnes, Norway). So what makes this place special?
The centerpiece of this unusual structure is the enormous panoramic window that provides diners with an unrestricted view of marine life swimming by. The seating area of the establishment is underwater and is suffused with dim lighting, making the guests’ dining experience even more memorable. During storms, diners can also get a closer view of what goes on just below the turbulent surface. The house specialty Under’s menu offers an excellent selection of fresh and natural foods. Naturally, you will find plenty of seafood in the array of dishes being served, along with poultry and other types of meat.
Occasionally, the menu varies based on the season and the availability of ingredients. All diners can partake of the same multi-course meal (they have an excellent head chef!) and are given the choice of adding wine or juice to their meal. The breathtaking beauty of the ocean Dining at Under is a veritable feast for the stomach and the eyes. The structure, which is far stronger than it looks outside, is bathed in the shifting cool lighting of the ocean that surrounds it. The ceilings, interior walls, tables, and chairs are crafted from a warm, earthy wood. These clashing color patterns infuse the establishment with a unique, tantalizing appearance.
Sunset Ceilings Under, Europe’s first underwater restaurant is built at a slant, so customers first enter into a foyer before they head down to the dining room. The wooden ceilings installed in this part of the structure show an iridescent pattern clearly meant to create the impression of a sunset. This pattern was specifically selected because Under is like a bridge between sea and land, according to Thorsen. The building was meticulously designed to no adverse impact on the surrounding marine habitat.
The concrete on the exterior of the structure is expected to function as an artificial reef, a haven for sea creatures that are keen to make their home there. Under also plans to keep its doors open to researchers who wish to observe marine life through its window.