Lighthouse, Estados Islands (Argentina)


Lighthouse, Estados Islands (Argentina)

In 1994, during his second stay in the Estados islands, off Cape Horn, the sailor André Bronner decided to rebuild the lighthouse which had inspired Jules Verne and had allowed innumerable boats to made a safe passage around the southern tip of Latin America.







Architect: Hubert Bouin, 
Technique: VMZINC® standing seam, VMZINC® flat lock seamSurface aspects: natural zinc, QUARTZ-ZINC®


In 1995, a French association called “Le Phare du bout du Monde” was created, but only in 1997 was a handful of men able to travel with 17 tons of equipment to undertake this adventure.




The new lighthouse is intended to be as close as possible to the original: a wooden frame and a roof in QUARTZ-ZINC®.   Zinc seemed to be an ideal material, because it can withstand extreme weather conditions in a hostile environment (successive storms – 3,500 mm of rain per year – endless nights – only 10 days of sun in 3 months) and the features of a maritime climate (violents winds and salt spray).



The octagonal roof of the lighthouse is covered with 0.80 mm thick QUARTZ-ZINC.   Each and every folded  junction, flat lock seam, bonding and fixing points of the zinc elements are in 1.2 mm thick 316 stainless steel, in order to ensure perfect resistance of the roof to violent winds.   A round ball in 0.80 mm thick natural zinc, with a weathervane, tops off the roof.   It was produced by VMZINC (ex-“Ateliers d’Art Français”) and its tip serves as a lightning rod.