Location: in the heart of the city
The KKL Luzern is centrally located in the city of Lucerne. The venue is located directly on Lake Lucerne in close proximity to the international train station, which was designed by Santiago Calatrava. The old town, which can be reached via the famous Chapel Bridge and the Water Tower, is located just a few hundred metres from the KKL Luzern. On the opposite shore of the lake – the Lucerne Riviera – lies the 19th century part of the city with its stately hotels. The KKL Luzern is embedded in an architecturally diverse area.
Architect Jean Nouvel
The French architect Jean Nouvel designed the KKL Luzern and built it according to his plans between 1995 and 2000. His Jean Nouvel practice in Parisis active throughout the world. His projects include museums, convention centres, concert halls, prestigious office buildings and residential buildings. Nouvel is one of the leading architects of our time.
Concert Hall area
The Concert Hall area is characterised by its opacity (lack of translucency) and thus stands in stark contrast to the convention area. Nouvel used unusual colours like garnet red, deep green and midnight blue for this part of the venue. The outer walls of the Concert Hall are clad in wood. The curved shape of this outer wall pushes into the angular Foyer and is deliberately reminiscent of a cello case.
Lucerne Hall area
The Lucerne Hall is polyvalent and kept simple. It should be able to disappear during an event and allow organisers to have the option of personalizing it for an event. The cubed construction made of concrete is slightly offset to the rear to further express the subtle nature.
The convention area is an urban and transparent cuboid. The façade facing the station is equipped with different lattice structures. The building therefore looks like a bird cage, because from the train station it is possible to see through the lattice structure to the landscape and the sky.