The name Under has a dual meaning in Norwegian of below and wonder. Snøhetta has created a 34 meter long monolithic form that breaks the surface of the water and rest directly on the seabed five meters below. With half a meter thick concrete walls the structure is built to withstand pressure and shock form the rugged sea conditions, and designed to fully integrate into its marine environment over time. The roughness of the concrete will function as an artificial reef, with limpets and kelp to inhabit it.
Like a sunken periscope, the restaurant´s massive window offers a view of the seabed and its changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions. Under seats 35-40 dinner guests and will focus on creating fine dining experiences based on high quality local production, under the lead of Danish Nicolai Ellitsgaard and his 16 person kitchen team with experiences from top Michelin restaurants.
– Under is a natural progression of our experimentation with boundaries, says Snøhetta founder and architect, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen. – As a new landmark for Southern Norway, Under proposes unexpected combinations of pronouns and prepositions, and challenges what determines a person’s physical placement in their environment. In this building, you may find yourself under water, over the seabed, between land and sea. This will offer you new perspectives and ways of seeing the world, both beyond and beneath the waterline.