World’s Largest Underwater Restaurant Is Almost Ready For Guests
The world’s largest underwater restaurant is nearing completion — and it looks like it’s going to make a splash!
Construction of the restaurant, appropriately named Under, began above water on a barge off the coast of Norway for a span of about six months.
The striking structure averages 110 feet in length and looks like a concrete periscope, which is oddly fitting for an underwater restaurant. When the work was finished on the outside of the structure in July 2018, it was towed into place and submerged using containers of water and over 18 anchor points.
Over half of the unique restaurant is submerged, offering unique underwater views from three separate floors within the restaurant through the 11-meter (36 feet) wide panoramic window. About 100 guests at a time will be able to enjoy these stunning views of marine life when the restaurant opens in the spring of 2019, entering the building through a glass walkway that will act as a bridge between the restaurant and the coast.
Designed by the Norwegian company Snøhetta, the restaurant Under will be added to their list of incredible architectural marvels such as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, the Oslo Opera House, the National September 11 Memorial Pavilion, and the newly renovated Times Square in New York.
Rune Grasdal, a senior architect at Snøhetta, said the placement of the submerged building was very deliberate. “When the client came to us, they had already done some sketches on another site close to current one, but we convinced them to build a few hundred meters away, where the sea is actually rougher. We thought this would better capture the nature of the area and I think that’s also what makes this more spectacular compared to other underwater restaurants in the world, as they are in very controlled areas,” said Grasdal.
And don’t worry about the safety of this futuristic restaurant. Although the partially-submerged placement of the structure may be reminiscent of — let’s say, the Titanic — fear not. A lot of thought has gone into making the concrete behemoth water-tight. Its underside is made of reinforced concrete, and the structure has been built to withstand the most extreme weather events.
“The first problem is water pressure, as we’re five meters (16 feet) below the surface, but the biggest challenge is the waves. Wind and waves are extreme here. To withstand all these forces, the building is slightly curved, so it can better take to the waves, and it’s thick: half a meter (1.6 feet) for the concrete and about 30 centimeters (1 foot) for the acrylic windows,” said Grasdal.
After several revisions, the design of the structure was simplified, so that the architects could focus on functionality over aesthetics, and make the restaurant sea-worthy. The menu has not been finalized yet, but it will be something to rival other seafood restaurants worldwide. After all, this isn’t just any ordinary restaurant.
More in Innovation
Woman Transforms Herself Into Pop Icons To Stay Positive During Cancer Diagnosis And It Is Inspiring
Some people turn personal tragedy into, well, a tragedy. But Bethany “Beth” Pendergrass turned her cancer diagnosis into a joyful art project....March 19, 2019
Facebook And Instagram Went Down For Hours So The Webisphere Turned To Twitter And The Results Were Hilarious
Ever wonder what would happen if you couldn’t access your favorite social media platforms at all hours of the day? That’s...March 18, 2019
These Photos Of A Luxurious Japanese Sleeper Train Have Us Wanting To Buy Tickets ASAP
Luxury travel usually makes people think of cruise ships or first class flights, but these luxury sleeper trains in Japan are...March 5, 2019
Teen Develops Bra To Help Detect Breast Cancer After His Mother Beats Diagnoses – Twice
A young teen personally saw the sad effects of breast cancer firsthand. His mother went through the harrowing disease twice. Watching...February 28, 2019
Facebook Memories: Five Of The Social Media Giant’s Biggest Milestones As It Celebrates 15 Years
Facebook forever changed the way we interact when it launched fifteen years ago this week. In the years since February 4, 2004,...February 23, 2019
5 Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know To Make Your Smartphone A Little Smarter
All the times you wished your smartphone worked just a bit better, you weren’t alone. The handy gadgets, considered a necessity...February 13, 2019
Junk Food Makeovers: Healthier Homemade Version Of Old-School Snacks To Satisfy Your Cravings
Doritos, Ding Dongs, and Cheez-its. For many of today’s adults, these junk food items were their vending machine and school lunchbox staples. Unfortunately,...January 30, 2019
5 Awe-Inspiring Skyscrapers That Show How Architecture Is Reaching New Heights
There’s nothing like a skyscraper to symbolize man’s ability to achieve greatness. These iconic buildings capture the world’s imagination and serve...January 29, 2019
Creative Dad Invents App That Makes Kids Respond to Parents
Raise your hand if you’ve ever asked your kid a question only to find him staring into his phone. All right,...January 20, 2019