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Europe's first underwater restaurant to open


Europe's first underwater restaurant is set to open in early 2019 in Lindesnes, in the south of Norway. The planned concrete structure features a 36-foot wide panoramic window and is designed to become part of the marine environment, with a menu that will focus on seafood, says CNN.

The restaurant, called "Under," will stand on the sea bed five meters below the surface, with thick walls designed to withstand the most variable sea conditions.The building is being likened to a periscope.

It is important people feel secure and not claustrophobic. Visitors can expect 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

Environmental considerations have guided the design, which is housed in a coarse concrete shell to invite mussels to cling on. Outside of opening hours, the unit will double as a marine biology research centre, with planned experiments to study the behaviour of marine life through shifting seasons.
 
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