So in the southernmost part of Norway’s craggy coast is located Europe’s first underwater restaurant and it now officially open for business. The beautiful underwater structure was Designed by Norwegian firm Snøhetta, it’s a 34-metre rectangular prism slightly submerged five metres under the sea.
According to the design team, the municipality of Lindesnes where the restaurant is located, is known for its intense, rapidly changing weather conditions, then you can imagine what it would look like in a storm. In a statement Snøhetta founder and architect Kjetil Trædal Thorsen said the structure “challenges what determines a person’s physical placement in their environment. In this building, you may find yourself under water, over the seabed, between land and sea. This will offer you new perspectives and ways of seeing the world, both beyond and beneath the waterline.”
The chef incharge said that they’re gonna be making use of locally caught, wildlife and ingredients from the surrounding area like sea arrow grass, sea rocket and salty sea kale.
Ellitsgaard said in a session that “Just on the other side of our iconic window the ocean is bursting with fresh delicacies from the sea, so the journey from the kitchen to the plate is minimal,” they say the underwater structure is also gonna be functioning as a marine research centre, where researchers and marine biologists would come to carry out research using extetnal cameras.
Although they have come out to say that it not a fully fledged research center. They say soon the concrete structure is gonna even adapt to the underwater environment and then you would even be able to harvest ingredients from the building itself.