A High-Design Underwater Restaurant Opens in Norway

Samantha Swenson
Photo credit: Ivar Kvaal

From ELLE Decor

In Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s book Green Eggs and Ham, Sam-I-Am suggests a number of preposterous locations to dine: “Could you, would you, on a train? Would you, could you, in the rain? With a goat? On a boat?” Norwegian architecture firm-and ED A-Listers-Snøhetta are proposing another, arguably more thrilling, location: Could you, would you, underwater?

Photo credit: Inger Marie Grini/Bo Bedre Norge

At the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, in Lindesnes, Norway, is now Europe’s first underwater restaurant, designed by Snøhetta and aptly called Under. The partially submerged 110-foot-long tubular building with 20-inch-thick concrete walls was designed not only to withstand the area's harsh, stormy weather conditions, but also to integrate it into the environment-in fact, the concrete façade will function as an artificial reef over time.

Photo credit: Ivar Kvaal

As much as the exterior is functional, the restaurant’s interior is a beauty to behold. Imagine descending a staircase on the shore, and finding yourself in an underwater oasis-18-feet below the water’s surface-that rivals Ariel’s grotto in The Little Mermaid. The walls and ceiling are paneled in locally-harvested Norwegian oak, and an expansive window, which functions as a habitat for starfish and other small creatures, provides a table-side view of the seabed.

Photo credit: Ivar Kvaal

Although head chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard veers away from green eggs and ham, his culinary focus is on sustainable wildlife capture, locally-sourced seasonal produce, and seafood, of course. So, the only question is: Could you, would you?

Photo credit: Stian Broch

Immersion menu starts at $265.

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