Kultur- und Kongresszentrum, Luzern (KKL)

The beautiful Swiss town of Lucerne wished to build a landmark concert hall on the banks of the lake. In order to make the building more commercially viable, it was decided to include conference facilities as well,

The beautiful Swiss town of Lucerne wished to build a landmark concert hall on the banks of the lake. In order to make the building more commercially viable, it was decided to include conference facilities as well,

Having worked on a similar project in Birmingham, UK, The Right Solution was appointed as end user consultant to the project team. The architect was the well-known French architect, Jean Nouvel and the acoustics were designed by Russell Johnson of Artec, New York, who was considered the most pre-eminent designer of concert spaces in the world. The Right Solution had worked with Russ on Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The international project team led to interesting team meetings, being held in German, French and English, often simultaneously. (Fortunately, Eric Rymer of The Right Solution could speak all three languages.)

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 offers an architecturally unique experience for conventions, festivals and meetings. The technical and organisational professionalism is a plus point for discerning, quality-oriented event organisers.

The design consisted of three main halls – the Concert Hall, with a capacity of 1,898 people;

Lucerne Hall (1,044 people) and the Auditorium, with a capacity of 271 delegates.

In addition, there were 6 flexible breakout rooms, as well as large foyers and terraces, making the most of the stunning location, on the banks of the lake. Indeed, the design allowed the lake to enter the building’s main foyer, to make a dramatic entrance.

The Right Solution advised on all aspects of the design and operation from an end user point of view. The KKL opened in 1998.