Inspired by France
The shape of the Ludwigsburg roofs is based on the French mansard roof. The first verifiable example of this roof shape in Germany dates back to 1670 at Mannheim Palace. In contrast to the uniform gabled roof, its construction offers the advantage of a shorter ridge, for which considerably shorter beams could be used. This means that the necessary lumber was easier and cheaper to procure. Furthermore, additional living spaces for servants could be housed under the lower roof sections.