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Under, a new underwater dining experience (image: Snøhetta)

Underwater restaurant to open in Norway

The biggest underwater restaurant in the world is in place and has started to take reservations for next April.

Europe’s first underwater restaurant, the largest of its kind in the world, is being constructed in Norway. Now, Under has officially opened online reservations for dates, starting from April 2019.

Visitors are being asked to devote three-and-a-half to four hours to their meal, so they can fully enjoy the experience of dining under the sea as well as appreciate the seasonal dishes prepared by chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard, the magazine Forbes reports.

However, an increasing number of the available dates are already oversubscribed and are quickly developing waiting lists.

Under was built on a barge off the coast of Båly, a town on Norway’s southernmost shore, during the first half of this year.

In July the structure was submerged beneath the sea to a depth of five metres. Eighteen anchoring points have secured it to the seafloor where it has remained in place for several months, half of it sitting above the surface to provide the entrance.

Heavy waves
Under’s walls are one metre thick, designed to withstand the pressure and shocks of a marine environment. Indeed, Snøhetta, the team of architects behind the restaurant structure, has deliberately placed it in harsh waters to intensify the thrill effect.

“The most exciting experience will be visiting the restaurant during rough weather,” says Snøhetta’s Rune Grasdal. “It will be fantastic to see the sea surface broken up by the big waves and the rain, making for a very dramatic view.”

Under’s slightly curved shape helps to minimise the impact of the waves, Grasdal assures, and the structure has been designed especially for Norway’s tough wind and waves.

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