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Hôtel du Lac

Tunis, Tunisia
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Hôtel du Lac in Tunis was built in the 1960s by the Lake of Tunis. The ten-story building is unique with its distinctive architecture and concrete construction, an icon of brutalist architecture. By protruding each floor at both ends to a respective room width, this design concept resulted a building that has a top level twice as wide than its ground level.

The construction of the Hôtel du Lac was considered to be a symbol of the arrival of modernity in Tunisia and became one of the tourist attractions of Tunis.

The shape of the building might have been the inspiration for the design of the sand crawler, a vast desert sand vehicle of the first Star Wars movie.

In 2013, it was announced that the hotel's owner, the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (LAFICO) plans to demolish the building and decided to build a new luxury hotel in its place.