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Culture and Convention Centre

Europaplatz 1, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland
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Culture and Convention Centre

Completed in 2000, after a relatively short five-year period of construction, the Culture and Convention Center in Lucerne (commonly known as KKL, its abbreviation in German) is immediately recognizable due to its imposing cantilevered roof. This canopy covers and links a number of different spaces: a concert hall, convention center, auditorium, art museum, and restaurants. Despite the center's large-scale elements, the KKL is also a testament to architect Jean Nouvel's interest in and facility with exploring sublime, simple forms and creating almost painterly scenes.

As an homage to Lucerne's ship building past, the building is situated on the edge of Lake Lucerne. Small channels direct water between the Concert Hall, Auditorium, and Convention Center, separating them like three docked ships. The shore is also reflected on the underside of the brushed metal canopy, creating the illusion that the buildings float between two reflective surfaces. The exterior walls are also covered in deeply saturated metal panels, their reflections contributing to a combination of rich colors. On the interior, a recent acoustic upgrade provides an improved world-class concert hall, attracting the world's most eminent musicians to Lucerne.

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