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?
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.
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.
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?
Immersion menu starts at $265.
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