Halfway into the sea, the monolithic shape of this restaurant building breaks the surface of the water to land on the steep shore. The structure will become a part of the marine environment, coming to rest directly on the bottom five meters below the surface of the water. With concrete walls one meter thick, the structure is designed to withstand the pressure and shocks caused by harsh sea conditions. The massive acrylic windows in the restaurant offer sea-floor views over the seasons and weather conditions.
Through its architecture, menu and mission of informing the public about the biodiversity of the sea, Under will provide an under-water experience inspiring a sense of awe and delight, activating all the senses – both physical and intellectual.
The restaurant’s color palette follows the logic of the different stories of the construction. While the champagne bar is characterized by colors inspired by the coastal zone, with its subdued colors evoking the sediment of shells, rocks and sand, the dining room is submerged in darker blue and green colors inspired by the seabed, seaweed and rough sea. The warm oak of the restaurant interior contrasts with the rough concrete shell, creating an intimate atmosphere. Materials are chosen not only for their aesthetic qualities, but also for their sustainable characteristics and ability to create a good indoor climate.