Off the coast of the small village of Båly in southern Norway, a big piece of concrete looms out of the waters. But the building is no mere remnant of the bygone trend for Brutalist architecture, nor is it ruined or abandoned. This extraordinary structure is actually a place where you can dine below the cold Atlantic waves. Yes, it plays home to an underwater restaurant – the biggest of its kind on the planet, in fact.
Brothers Gaute and Stig Ubostad come from a family of hotel owners, so it may have seemed natural for them to buy the Havhotell in 2014. The hostelry – which had previously suffered from dire financial troubles – sits in the small settlement of Båly, which lies at the southernmost tip of Norway.