The Hotel du Lac, designed by Italian architect Raffaele Contigiani in the early 1970s, is one of Tunisia's premier brutalist structures - important to the country and to the world. The hotel is supposed to have served as inspiration for the Sandcrawler in Star Wars. A particularly brutalist feature are the starkly protruding stairs at the side.
Apparently, following its purchase by a Libyan company, the hotel is now slated for demolition. This would be a massive mistake, as the structure has come to represent part of the identity of the city of Tunis. What would our city look like without it?
The City of Tunis would be remiss to demolish this symbolic structure. With this petition, we call on the Mayor of Tunis to step in immediately and STOP any plans for its DEMOLITION. The City must come to see the opportunity that repurposing the space holds - maybe as a museum, an innovation space, or a conference center - the location could literally not be more strategic.
In neglecting our rich modern and ancient history, we aren't just losing our identity, but we are also losing economic opportunity.
STOP the demolition, and PLAN to breathe new life into this unique building.
Resources on the building: 1. L’hôtel du Lac, la plus importante expression de l’architecture brutaliste en Tunisie https://www.ideomagazine.com/hotel-du-lac/ 2. Icon at Risk: Hotel du Lac in Tunis http://cairobserver.com/post/161989122209/icon-at-risk-hotel-du-lac-in-tunis 3. Raffaele Contigiani: Hôtel du Lac, 1970?–1973 http://www.sosbrutalism.org/cms/15888927
Posted: 17 February 2019 (Updated: 26 February 2019)