By Laura Dale
A restaurant buried under the icy Norwegian waters is set to be Europe’s first submerged eaterie.
Appearing like a James Bond villain’s lair, the eating area will give diners awe inspiring views through a 36 feet wide window onto the North Atlantic seabed.
The restaurant will be named ‘Under’ and is set to seat up to a hundred customers cocooned from the rough waters by metre thick walls.
Building on the site near the Norwegian southern village of Baly has not yet started but it is planned to open in 2019.
Designers Snohetta claim: “More than an aquarium, the structure will become a part of its marine environment, coming to rest directly on the sea bed five metres below the water’s surface.
“With metre-thick concrete walls, the structure is built to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions.
“Like a sunken periscope, the restaurant’s massive acrylic windows offer a view of the seabed as it changes throughout the seasons and varying weather conditions.”
Over three levels, the restaurant will include a champagne bar and submerged wardrobe area.
It will also act as a marine research station with an artificial mussel reef to clean up pollution in the area.
There are also underwater restaurants in the Maldives and in Dubai.