KKL Luzern wins the 2015 Swiss MICE Award in the convention centre category.
Inauguration of the Concert Hall with a ceremonial act on august 18th 1998 with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester LSO, the Luzerner Trompeten-Ensemble and the federal president Flavio Cotti. Conductor Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra giving the opening concert of the International Music Festival (now Lucerne Festival) the day after (19th august 1998).
The Canton of Lucerne, the city and KKL Lucerne agree on a financing arrangement for the long-term maintenance of KKL Luzern’s value until 2028.
Foundation of KKL Luzern Management AG for the operation of the venue by five leading Lucerne personalities. The first chairman of the board of directors is Hans-Peter Balmer.
The KKL Luzern takes over the rental and management of the Terrace Hall at the Museum of Art, thus complementing its selection of venues with an attractive location.
Digger fixed into position and ground-breaking ceremony takes place in January.
Opening of the event Pavillion on the Lucerne Terrace. The temporary flat roof construction, which matches the architecture of the KKL Luzern in terms of form and colour, offers an additional option for events of all kinds.
With 65.7% of the vote, the electorate of the City of Lucerne approve 94 million Swiss francs for the construction of a new Culture and Convention Centre.
The newly appointed CEO, Hans. E. Koch, assumes operational responsibility for KKL Luzern and becomes Managing Director of the Foundation.
In November, the government of the city and canton of Lucerne grant 94 million Swiss francs for the construction of the Culture and Convention Centre. The building contractor ARGE EMI / Göhner Merkur conclude a total contractor agreement with capped costs.
Pius Zängerle becomes Chairman of the board of directors of KKL Luzern and President of the Foundation.
Rodolphe Luscher abandons the project. Jean Nouvel is peruaded by the trusteeship to come to the rescue and present his architectural concept.
Opening of the Crystal Lounge.
The old Culture and Convention Centre will not be protected as a listed building. Business consultant Thomas Heldis is appointed overall coordinator for cultural activities.
Opening of the World Café and Restaurant RED.
The architects Jean Nouvel and Emmanuel Cattani, Paris, win the architectural competition to design a new concert venue in Lucerne. The city of Lucerne and the Foundation of the Concert Venue decide to choose third-placed architect, Rodolphe Luscher from Geneva, to realise the project.
As CEO, Elisabeht Dalucas assumes operational responsibility for KKL Luzern and becomes Managing Director of the Foundation. At the same time, the Seebar at the KKL Luzern is reopened as a comfortable lounge. With 55.8% of the votes, the electorate of the city of Lucerne approve the structural relief and operational stability of the KKL Luzern to the sum of 18 million Swiss francs.
Establishment of the Concert Venue Foundation under President Walter von Moos. Hayek study on the optimisation of cultural spaces in the city of Lucerne. Alice Bucher, publisher and patron of the arts, gives the city of Lucerne 960,000 Swiss francs for the implementation of an architecture competition.
Hans-Peter Aebi becomes Chairman of the board of directors of KKL Luzern and President of the Foundation.
The poor structural condition of the old Culture and Convention Centre (built in 1933/1934 by architect Armin Meili) is discovered.
According to the final accounts, the total cost for the construction of the KKL Luzern amounts to 226.5 million Swiss francs, 32.5 million more than planned.
Inauguration and opening of the entire venue and the Museum of Art Lucerne.
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