THIS RESTAURANT TRULY IS A WONDER - ARTCOUSTIC AT THE TIP OF NORWAY.

'Under' – the latest project by acclaimed architectural firm Snøhetta, is a unique culinary experience semi-submerged beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic on the southern tip of Norway. 

Image by: Inger Marie Grini

Image by: Inger Marie Grini

Guests are invited to dine five and a half meters below the surface where a panoramic view of the ocean floor sets the dramatic backdrop. Artcoustic, together with Norwegian partner Level Group, has created a bespoke soundscape, setting the ambience for Europe's first underwater restaurant.

Image by :Ivar Kvaal

Image by :Ivar Kvaal

Image by: Ivar Kvaal

Image by: Ivar Kvaal

In Norwegian, the name “under” has a dual meaning of "below" and "wonder", and this breath-taking restaurant truly lives up to its name. Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s 34-meter long, monolithic form breaks the surface of the water, resting directly on the seabed.

As a metaphor for the journey of descent when entering the restaurant, the colour of the textile-clad interior appears darker and more intense, the deeper guests venture beneath the waters’ surface.

Image by: Ivar Kvaal

Image by: Ivar Kvaal

Image by: Ivar Kvaal

Image by: Ivar Kvaal

The bespoke textiles stretched over custom-made Artcoustic speakers and acoustic panels, reference the colours of a sunset dropping into the ocean. The subtle elegance of the finely woven ceiling panels and the tailored Artcoustic installation lend a serene ambience to the venue.

From the entrance, the ceiling’s neutral colour deepens into a sunset pink, intense coral, sea green, finally culminating in a midnight blue, as guests arrive at the dining room.

 
Image by: Inger Marie Grini

Image by: Inger Marie Grini

 

At the seabed, in the 40-person dining room, lies the panoramic eye of the building. The eleven-meter-wide and 3.4-meter-tall horizontal window offers a visual gateway to the sea connecting guests to the wildlife which lays beyond.

 
Under’ has been a fascinating project to follow and we would like to extend a thank you to the amazing team at Level Group for a job well done and of course the owners of Under for choosing Artcoustic. Last but not least, congratulations to Snöhetta and the Under team for creating such an architectural gem.  

Patricia Ljungberg – CEO, Artcoustic

Image by: Inger Marie Grini

Image by: Inger Marie Grini

Image by: Ivar Kvaal

Image by: Ivar Kvaal

 
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Image by: Stian Broch

Image by: Stian Broch

Image by: Stian Broch

Image by: Stian Broch