Three’s company explores new forms of coherence within an urban-scale architectural context. We propose a quasi-autonomous relationship of multiple architectural parts situated on the borders of the Shinjuku and Shibuya prefectures of Tokyo – a ménage à trois.
Resonating from the arrangement of ancient Chinese sculptures as well as Jeff Koons’ Hulk series in the contemporary art scene, where the figures are facing each other across space, three buildings are arranged in a triangular formation to generate extreme tension and directionality between the objects.
Without adhering to a specific genre or linear logic, the parts of the objects are lost in a multilayer coherence that is positioned and connected in a loose, quasi-animate, and non-dialectical way. This new understanding of coherence can be understood as genre blindness.
Although the buildings are individuated they are related, visually, formally, and programmatically. Not only are they assembled with similar parts, the objects also affect each other by means of genre blindness. This logic of representation provides an amalgam of architectural opportunities ranging from formal exchanges for reshaping existing geometry to spatial clues for interior organization.