Norway To Open Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant
Nina Slawek, Open Jaw
Your clients will soon be able to eat with the fish in a fully underwater restaurant to open in early 2019 in Norway.
The planned concrete structure features a 36-foot wide panoramic window and is designed to become part of the marine environment. Called "Under," the restaurant will stand on the sea bed five meters below the surface, its thick walls designed to withstand the most variable sea conditions.
Three will be three levels and a capacity of up to 100 people. Below the entrance and the cloakroom there will be a champagne bar, to mark the transition between shoreline and ocean. Further down there will be a dining room, with two long tables and several smaller ones positioned in front of the large acrylic window, which will be 13 feet tall.
The building has been likened to a periscope, but the architect said it's important people feel secure and not claustrophobic. Good point. To achieve this the design team took used natural elements -- such as oak -- and good lighting. "It should be an exciting experience but people should also feel secure and well when sitting down there," said Rune Grasdal, lead architect on the project.
The visionary co-founder of Open Jaw, Nina handles everything at OJ from the purse-strings to the talented but eccentric staff. She is frequently spotted hobnobbing with industry leaders and making glamorous appearances in the Open Jaw TV Room.