Classified as a French Historic Monument,
the brilliant metal structure of a 650 m² hut
Mâcon, GERS midi-pyrenees 71000 FR


Throughout France, in all types of landscapes.


Background: in 1922 Ferdinand-Fillod, native of Saint-Amour (Jura), began constructing metal huts for construction sites. He very quickly set up radical new methods for building with metal. As of 1928, he developed a system for prefabricating metal buildings that he patented worldwide. Then followed the steel panel (1929), the totally steel house, the sloping walls (1935) and the vertical walls (1950’s). Over the last twenty years, historians have been discovering the importance of this pioneer in the field of prefabrication, fifteen years before Jean-Prouvé.
The building, with sloping walls, is composed of vertical metal bays, adjoined to one another. Each bay has two arched crossbeams, made of hot and then cold formed steel, separated by spacers. A ribbed panel then fits in between the crossbeams. Said panel can, in accordance with requirements, be optionally equipped with an awning window or replaced by a door panel. Sheet metal ridging is then fitted on the top, forming the roof of the building. The unit therefore becomes a continuous metal carcass, virtually in one piece, the length of which depends on the number of crossbeams added. Gable walls, fitted into the last crossbeams at each end of the building, can house doors or windows. These buildings were entirely made in the Fillod factories in accordance with the exact needs of each user. They were then delivered to the construction sites as separate components ready to be easily assembled courtesy of detailed erection instructions. The buildings with sloping walls, made in various widths, are extremely versatile. All the component parts being standardised, they can be altered so as to modify their interior space and possible sleeping capacity. Furthermore, the component parts, simply fitting together, can be assembled and dismantled several times. The number of bays can be reduced or increased as required and the buildings can be segmented so as to delimit areas with different vocations.

Our opinion

Meticulously stored under cover in the south-west of France, these 650 m² of metal structures have been waiting for 84 years to be reassembled and given a new lease on life. Light, modular and able to be dismantled, their implementation using technical solutions and new materials meets environmental constraints.
Furthermore, for many of us who knew them during our childhood, the very distinctive, continuous shape of the “Fillods”, obtained by fitting sheet metal to the frames, brings to mind a familiar image of a “refuge”. The range of uses for these buildings has since become very interesting when taken out of their austere, purely utilitarian context and adapted to bright, comfortable, public or private projects.
Places for receiving, restaurants, meeting rooms, holiday homes, all kinds of sheds, any number of uses can be envisaged.

Exclusive sale

360 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 821229

Main building surface area 650 m2
Number of bedrooms 1


Patrice Besse +33 1 42 84 80 85



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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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