Once purely the stuff of children’s fantasies, treehouses have gone upscale and grown-up. (Dare we say “mainstream?”)
The Treehouse Book explores all the possibilities for arboreal housing. It is not really the how-to manual it bills itself to be—there are better books for that. But the photos and descriptions in this book will provoke inspiration for creative types, jealousy among treehouse lovers and instill an urge to climb a tree among nearly everybody.
Spot Cool Stuff first visited Koh Panyee on a trip to Thailand a few years after the story of the YouTube video below takes place. “Koh” in Thai means “island.” But Koh Panyee is an island more in name than reality. The place is more accurately described as a floating village, built around steep karst mounds and upon bits of rock that stick out from the sea. To walk around the inhabited areas of Panyee—the inhabited areas being virtually the only parts of the “island” one can walk around—is like exploring a scene from Waterworld come to life (minus Kevin Costner).