2019 shortlists

Under - Europe's First Underwater Restaurant
by Snøhetta

Under, the "world's largest underwater restaurant", plunges from a rough shoreline in the remote village of Båly, Norway and was designed by architecture studio Snøhetta.

Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s 34-meter long monolithic form breaks the surface of the water to rest directly on the seabed five meters below.

The interior materials are chosen not only for their aesthetic qualities, but also for their sustainable characteristics and ability to create a good indoor climate. The finishes are intended to contrast with the exterior, creating a warm atmosphere that prevents the feeling of claustrophobia.

Advanced heating pump technology that utilises the stable seabed temperature functions to heat and cool the building year-round. Upon arrival, the visitor’s impressions of the unruly outdoors quickly dissolve as they are ushered through into the hushed, oak-clad foyer.

Designer: Snøhetta
Project: Under - Europe's First Underwater Restaurant
Shortlisted for: Restaurant and bar interior
Read more: Snøhetta

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