A delight for architecture enthusiasts
From a distance, Under resembles a large rock formation ascending out of the Nordic oceans, and was designed by the award-winning architectural firm, Snøhetta. The 34-metre long, half-sunken monolithic form splits the surface of the ocean to rest directly on the seabed five metres below.
The main brief of the design was to allow the structure to fully integrate into the marine environment over time, as the roughness of the concrete shell functions as an artificial reef, greeting limpets and kelp to inhabit it. The structure itself is also designed to withstand the impact and pressure of the rough and unpredictable sea conditions. Like a submerged periscope, the restaurant’s gigantic window presents a vista of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions.