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Gallery | Underwater restaurant prepares to sink

Europe’s first-ever underwater restaurant is almost ready to take the plunge.

Construction on Europe’s first underwater restaurant is ramping up before the concrete structure is mostly submerged.

The Norwegian restaurant, known as Under, will offer diners close-up views of marine life through 11m x 4m acrylic windows when it opens in Spring 2019.

Engineered by BMG Engineering and designed by Snøhetta, the concrete structure is being built on a floating barge before being attached safely to the bedrock and dropped 5m below the surface of the water.

Snøhetta said attaching the restaurant to the bedrock and submerging the structure will be “the most critical milestones of the project”.

It is expected the restaurant will act as an artificial mussel reef, providing a home for marine life while it entertains its guests on board.

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