Construction is moving ahead on Under, Europe’s first underwater restaurant. The restaurant, which will offer guests a high class underwater culinary and architectural experience, is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2019.
The building is currently being constructed on land on a barge, only a short walking distance from the plot where Under will come to rest directly on the sea bed five meters below the water’s surface.
The giant concrete construction will soon be submerged under the sea. Submerging the restaurant below water and attaching it safely to the bedrock will be the most critical milestones of the project.
Like a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s 11 x 4-meter panoramic acrylic window will offer guests a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions. More than an aquarium, the structure will become a part of its marine environment and acting like an artificial mussel reef.
-We’re excited to see Under taking shape, says Project Manager Rune Grasdal. -It’s a complex building in many ways, and we’ve applied know-how from the offshore industry to make the restaurant water tight and weather proof. Among other, we’ve simulated how the restaurant will tolerate a so-called 100-year wave. The conclusion is that building will be just fine, but, of course, in extreme and rare weather conditions like that you’ll need to keep your distance from the shoreline regardless, he says.
Through its architecture, menu and mission of informing the public about the biodiversity of the sea, Under will provide an under-water experience inspiring a sense of awe and delight, activating all the senses – both physical and intellectual.