Last week we took a break in France, only to discover by chance one of the most incredible piece of timber framing I have had the pleasure to experience. The local Chateau (Castle) was built in ~1534 and is a fine piece renaissance architecture.  It fell to a ruin for a fair length of time, but fortunately some of the finer parts remain.

What really overwhelmed me was a very early reciprocating floor design, in the third floor of the tower.  At this period this style of flooring was very ambitious, but clearly it works.


The next floor up this astonishing conical roof: