Concert Hall, Culture and Congress Centre, Lucerne, Switzerland
The famed Concert Hall of Lucerne hosted its
first public performance with the opening of the 1998 Lucerne
International Music Festival. Situated on the picturesque Vierwaldstättersee
shore, the facility is also known by the acronym of its German name,
KKL (Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern). It also contains a flexible
performance and banquet space, the Lucerne
Hall, as well as museum and exhibition space, meeting rooms,
restaurants, and a rehearsal hall.
It is the home of the renowned Lucerne
Music Festival, a five-week classical music festival, which
draws many of the world's finest orchestras and soloists each summer.
The Concert Hall's 1840 seats are distributed among its main floor
and four balconies, thereby keeping the scale of the room visually
and aurally intimate. The hall accommodates symphonic, choral, jazz,
folk, and popular music, in addition to plenary conference sessions.
To accommodate a wide variety of events, the
concert hall features a 7000 cubic meter acoustics control chamber
around the perimeter of the hall. This is used in conjunction with
heavy, sound-absorbing curtains that can be deployed in front of
each wall surface to reduce the natural liveness of the hall for
amplified events, and a two-piece, vertically moving acoustical
canopy, above the performance platform,in order to adjust and the
acoustical environment of the room to suit the performance.
Artec provided Design and Planning services covering
Acoustics Design and Background Noise
and Vibration Control consulting for
Culture and Congress Centre. The Architect for the facility
Nouvel of Paris.