The “world’s largest underwater restaurant,” which plunges from a craggy shoreline in the remote village of Baly, Norway, is finally complete! Designed by Norwegian firm Snøhetta, the underwater restauran fittingly-dubbed Under is a 34-meter rectangular prism slightly submerged five meters under the sea.
Situated on the southern tip of Norway, the restaurant looks like a large concrete tube partly submerged in the North Sea. Under, which means “below” and “wonder” in Norwegian, has a total seating capacity for 100 guests, and people are already adding it to their Norway destination lists.
As of March 20, Europe’s very first undersea restaurant opened the doors to its dramatically beautiful hideaway – and it’s unlike any other fine dining experience on Earth.
Snohetta announced on social media:
“Today marks the official opening of ‘Under,’ Europe’s first and the world’s biggest underwater restaurant, designed by Snøhetta. Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s 34-meter long monolithic form breaks the surface of the water to rest directly on the seabed five meters below.
The structure is designed to fully integrate into its marine environment over time, as the roughness of the concrete shell will function as an artificial reef, welcoming limpets and kelp to inhabit it.”
The company continued:
“With the thick concrete walls lying against the craggy shoreline, the structure is built to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions. Like a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s massive window offers a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions.
The building also functions as a research center for marine life, providing a tribute to the wild fauna of the sea and to the rocky coastline of Norway’s southern tip.”
Rune Grasdal, the lead architect of Under, said:
“For most of us, this is a totally new world experience. It’s not an aquarium, it’s the wildlife of the North Sea. That makes it much more interesting. It takes you directly into the wildness.
If the weather is bad, it’s very rough. It’s a great experience, and to sit here and be safe, allowing the nature so close into you. It’s a very romantic and nice experience.”
“The idea was to make a tube that would bring people from above sea level down under the sea. That transition is easy to understand, but it’s also the most effective way to do it. It also feels secure, but you don’t feel trapped.”
Snøhetta is no newcomer in the design world. Last year they announced the world’s most environmentally friendly hotel, that will be built in the Arctic circle. And now they just completed an underwater restaurant that not only offers a unique dining experience but also doubles as a marine life research center.
6 Sunken Cities That Actually Exist (Unlike Atlantis)
#5 is truly an ancient wonder!
When someone mentions sunken cities, people always think about Atlantis first. After all, the lost city has been the subject of countless literary works and has even astounded audiences in the superhero film Aquaman. However, it is still unclear if Atlantis actually exists. It is believed that Plato wrote an allegory on what could happen if people grew too greedy.
We have yet to find out if Atlantis is real. In the meantime, there are several amazing sunken cities around the world that deserve some attention as well. Here are six lost cities that have been submerged in water.
Abandoned Airport Terminal Gets New Life As Retro-Inspired Luxury Hotel
Would you like to stay over at the TWA Hotel?
An airport is a place where journeys either begin or end. But what if an airport terminal no longer serves a purpose in getting people on their trips? One abandoned airport terminal has been given a new life after nearly two decades of being shut down. The former terminal has been turned into an amazing retro-inspired luxury hotel.
Trans World Airlines (TWA) was once one of the biggest airlines in the world. Although it began operations in 1930, the airlines shut down in 2001. The TWA Flight Center, the airlines' terminal at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, was shut down as well. However, the terminal has now been repurposed into luxury accommodations known as the TWA Hotel.
The hotel has a relaxing vibe that is both vintage and contemporary.
18 Cool Hotels That Would Make Anyone Want To Go Back
#8 will make me want to go back over and over again.
We travel to enjoy and experience the city, country, or island, so most of us are not really keen when it comes to the hotels that we’re staying in. However, some hotels have unique and cool designs and services that they became a huge part of the trip.
While some hotels opted for a more classic and standard approach, there are a couple that go beyond the norm to make your stay more memorable. Here are 18 hotels that are so cool that anyone would love to go back.
1. “This toilet brush in my hotel room.”