The Norwegian word ‘under’ means both ‘underwater’ and ‘wonder’. A perfect description for this most unusual restaurant, partly submerged more than five metres below the surface of the icy waters of the North Sea on the tip of Norway.
The restaurant in Lindesnes is the first of its kind in Europe, with a unique view of a rarely seen marine ecosystem in these rugged sea conditions, and designed so that in time the rough concrete shell will integrate into the marine environment as an artificial reef, attracting more sea life to the site.
Under’s control system for all the outdoor, indoor and underwater lighting is run by a Pharos LPC 2. Installed by ÅF Lighting Norge, the LPC outputs to a variety of fixtures over DMX, sACN and DALI protocols.
The warm and welcoming sunken interior includes a ceiling grid of 500 iGuzzini LaserBladeXS. Geir Sire, Electronic Control System Engineer for ÅF Lighting programmed these using the principles of ÅF Lighting’s Liquid Light® concept where lighting harmonises and responds to the natural environment.
Data gathering from numerous sensors, including heat from infrared, audio detectors, weather, and sea conditions trigger the effects in the ceiling so that the light floats in response to the ocean and to people in the space.
This is all integrated via the Pharos LPC.
A special thanks to © Tomasz Majewski for the incredible photographs.