Removed from the busy stretches of commuter roads and monotonous architecture of suburbia is a mid-century modern neighborhood called Hollin Hills. Located in Alexandria, Va., the community is defined by the surrounding nature and unique architecture which establish a symbiotic relationship. The forest breathes life into the architecture, creating a unity between the people, their homes, and the landscape. Resident Frank Collins III reflects on his habitat saying,
“It’s the nearest thing to [J.R.R. Tolkien’s] Forest of Lórien.”
Collins suggests the Forest of Lórien is similar to Hollin Hills in that it is an exceptional force of nature, alive in the way it thrives off the auras of its inhabitants, inhaling and exhaling in perpetuation of harmony. This delicate balance of existing dissolves boundaries allowing people and nature to exist freely.