Giving a whole new meaning to seafood dining, Snøhetta has designed Europe’s first underwater restaurant at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline by the village of Båly. Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s monolithic form breaks the water surface to lie against the craggy shoreline, and will also function as a research centre for marine life. The structure will become a part of its marine environment, coming to rest directly on the sea bed five meters below the water’s surface. with meter-thick concrete walls, the structure is built to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions.
Visitors descend through three levels. From the entrance, where the tidepool is swallowed by the sea, guests enter the wardrobe area, then they are ushered down one level to the champagne bar, which marks the transition between the shoreline and the ocean. This physical transformation is emphasized by a narrow acrylic window cutting vertically down through the restaurant levels. From the bar, guests can also look down at the seabed level of the restaurant, where two long dining tables and several smaller tables are placed in front of the large panoramic window.
See more at designboom