The Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern KKL was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and completed in 1998.
The opening concert in its concert hall was played by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado on August 18, 1998.
KKL Luzern is covered by an immense sloping roof which almost seems to float unsupported. The diagonal of the unsupported section measures 45 meters.
Built right on the shores of Lake Lucerne, KKL Luzern manages to create a very fluid distinction between inside and outside: water channels lead into the building and large windows allow beautiful views of the city and lake.
The entrances to the concert hall have red carpets and thus use a different colour schema than the concert hall itself.
The "Salle blanche" concert hall has seating for 1898 spectators and has the reputation of being among the most beautiful in Switzerland. It 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, allowing to adapt the hall's acoustics depending on the type of event.
The total construction costs were slightly above 220 million Swiss francs.
The KKL Luzern won the Swiss Location Award in 2016 as "Switzerland's best congress location".