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Plans unveiled for Europe's first underwater restaurant

Plans unveiled for Europe's first underwater restaurant”

Global architecture firm Snøhetta has revealed designs for an ambitious new project that will take the Oslo- and New York City-based firm to new depths.

Designers of "Europe's first underwater restaurant" have shared the plans of constructing a building that will comprise a rugged concrete box with half of its body on the coastline, and the other half sunken underwater.

Dubbed "Under", the concrete capsule-like structure will be built at the southernmost part of Norway, close to the village of Båly. The underwater portion of the building, which comes to rest directly on the ocean floor 16 feet below sea level, opens at one end with a 36-foot-wide panoramic window that looks out into the ocean "like a sunken periscope".

The 80-100 person restaurant will simply be called "Under" and will sit on the sea bed five meters below the surface. Outside of opening hours, the unit will double as a marine biology research center, with planned experiments to study the behavior of marine life through shifting seasons. And since mussels have the ability to cleanse the surrounding water by removing significant amounts of pollutants, the structure will help purify the sea and thus attract more marine life. Guests will enter at the top level, and then descend down into the champagne bar - which will be decorated in the colours of the sandy, rocky coast.

According to the firm, the restaurant's concrete walls will be more than a yard thick to withstand the force of the ocean, while its smooth outer form is encased in a craggy surface that mussels can latch onto. It won World Architecture Awards for both the Oslo Opera House and Alexandria Library. Construction is scheduled to start in February 2018, with the restaurant set to be completed in February/March 2019.



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