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Hôtel du Lac, Tunis, Tunisia
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Tunis, Tunisia

Hôtel du Lac

As a Star Wars fan, I'm attracted to the site as the inspiration for the Sandcrawlers on Tatooine.

Nathaniel Powell

As a modern architecture building type, hotels are especially endangered, due to the ever-present fear of being perceived as dated and failing to attract customers.  Many remarkable mid-century hotels have been drastically altered, abandoned, or demolished.  The eye-popping Hôtel du Lac exemplifies President Habib Bourguiba’s effort to give Tunis a modern face after Tunisia gained independence from France in 1956.  Designed by Raffaele Contigiani, the 1973 hotel has been purchased by a real estate development firm, which plans to demolish the original building and replace it with a new luxury hotel.

Submitted by Nathaniel Powell

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© Martin Argyroglo