The Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern KKL was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and completed in 1998. The total construction costs were slightly above 220 million Swiss francs.
The concert hall has seating for 1898 spectators and has the reputation of being among the most beautiful in Switzerland. While the entrances to the "Salle blanche" have red carpets, the concert hall itself is all in tones of blue and white, from the blue seats to the white plaster reliefs on the walls to the night-blue starry sky. American acoustician Russell Johnson used the dimensions of the famous concert halls of Vienna and Amsterdam as his acoustic models. It also features an acoustic canopy above the stage as well as fifty revolving echo chamber doors.
The opening concert on August 18 1998 was played by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado.