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Underwater restaurant is ready for visitors and it looks incredible

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Darling its better, down where its wetter – under the sea.

The immortal words of Sebastian the crab feel particularly appropriate as Norways stunning underwater restaurant finally opens for business. And we cannot wait to visit.

Last year we told you about the development of Under, which lies half submerged at the southernmost point of Norways coastline.

But now the restaurant, which is the first of its kind in Europe, has opened its doors for guests to experience fine dining and truly magical submarine views.

The name Under is particularly clever, because in Norwegian the word means both below and wonder. Which seems fitting.

Snohetta Completes ?Under?, Europe?s First Underwater Restaurant. Europe?s first underwater restaurant will welcome guests in Lindesnes, Norway on March 20th, 2019. Located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, where the sea storms from the north and south meet, the project is situated at a unique confluence.
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The building is 111 feet long, and tips dramatically into the ocean, with the lower end of the building resting on the seabed.

And its ecologically-minded as well – the structure is built to eventually integrate into its marine environment. The rough surface of the concrete shell will function as an artificial reef, which means small animals like limpits and kelp can actually live on the exterior walls.

Snohetta Completes ?Under?, Europe?s First Underwater Restaurant. Europe?s first underwater restaurant will welcome guests in Lindesnes, Norway on March 20th, 2019. Located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, where the sea storms from the north and south meet, the project is situated at a unique confluence.
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Snohetta Completes ?Under?, Europe?s First Underwater Restaurant. Europe?s first underwater restaurant will welcome guests in Lindesnes, Norway on March 20th, 2019. Located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, where the sea storms from the north and south meet, the project is situated at a unique confluence.
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While the other-worldly design has us picturing Bond-villain levels of glamour, its understandable if the thought of eating with tons of sea water just above the ceiling is a little unnerving.

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But dont worry, the thick concrete walls allow it to withstand pressure and shock from the sea around it.

Also, the restaurant has been designed to feel incredibly open, with three levels, large windows, and plenty of space for the 100 guests to move around – so claustrophobia shouldnt be an issue.

And the food looks unreal. Guests will get to exerience fine dining based on locally-sourced produce and sustainable wildlife capture.

Snohetta Completes ?Under?, Europe?s First Underwater Restaurant. Europe?s first underwater restaurant will welcome guests in Lindesnes, Norway on March 20th, 2019. Located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, where the sea storms from the north and south meet, the project is situated at a unique confluence.
(Picture: IVAR KVAAL)
Snohetta Completes ?Under?, Europe?s First Underwater Restaurant. Europe?s first underwater restaurant will welcome guests in Lindesnes, Norway on March 20th, 2019. Located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, where the sea storms from the north and south meet, the project is situated at a unique confluence.
(Picture: IVAR KVAAL)

Unsurprisingly, seafood features heavily on the menu. Nicolai Ellitsgaard from the acclaimed restaurant Måltid in Kristiansand is the Head Chef, and he has chosen a 16-person kitchen team from top Michelin restaurants – so you can expect the Read More