Photography: Ivar Kvaal courtesy of Snøhetta

Snøhetta’s much anticipated underwater restaurant has thrown open its doors in Norway, inviting guests to dine among the fish in Båly.

Under is the first underwater restaurant in Europe, and sits on the southern tip of the country, 5.5 metres below the surface. The eatery sits inside a half-submerged monolithic box, designed to look as though it has slipped from the jagged rocks into the water. Its rough concrete shell will act as an artificial reef for marine life.

Inside, an oak and steel staircase leads down to the 40-cover dining room, where a 3.4-metre-tall window peeks onto the sea bed. Acoustic panels cover the walls though ornamentation has been kept to a minimum as not to distract from the views outside.

Diners can tuck into an 18-course meal designed by chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard and made using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and seafood ranging from crustaceans to wild mushrooms and berries, sea arrowgrass, sea rocket and salty sea kale.

Bålyveien 48, 4521 Lindesnes Norway

Europe’s first underwater restaurant opens in Norway
Photography: Ivar Kvaal courtesy of Snøhetta
Europe’s first underwater restaurant opens in Norway
Photography: Ivar Kvaal courtesy of Snøhetta
Europe’s first underwater restaurant opens in Norway
Photography: Ivar Kvaal courtesy of Snøhetta

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