A bizarre ‘upside down’ hotel touted by some as the inspiration for the Star Wars Sandcrawler could be on the brink of demolition.
Hotel du Lac has been a landmark in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, thanks to its inverted pyramid aesthetics.
But now, standing abandoned and exposed to the elements, its fate hangs in the balance as architects believe it could cost more to restore it than to replace it.
The hotel, designed by Italian architect Raffaele Contigiani, opened in 1973 and boasted over 400 rooms.
Then Tunisia was chosen as a filming location for the desert scenes in the very first Star Wars film, Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).
That movie featured the Sandcrawler, a huge mobile fortress used for transport and shelter by the scavenging Jawas.
And due to its similarity to the hotel, Star Wars fans couldn’t help but wonder if creator George Lucas was inspired by the building.