© Ivar Kvaal


We travelled to the North Sea, to the remote village of Båly, on the southern coastline of Norway, to experience Europe’s first underwater restaurant. The project is signed by the renowned Snøhetta atelier and promises a unique view of marine biodiversity through a gigantic panoramic window. It extends into the sea and brings it inside. It is a real metaphor for the contrasts of life: the rough and delicate, the coarse and candied, the storm and calm. And this is, without a doubt, a history of contrasts.

The project challenges its guests to get to know the diversity of marine species that thrive there and draws attention to sustainable models. It emphasizes the delicate ecological balance between landscape and sea and the life that coexists there and also proposes a new way of understanding our relationship with the surrounding environment, below and above water.
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Text: Mariana Ribeiro

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