Through history, a variety of strategies have been used to develop complexity in architecture.
Over the last century collage has been the dominant strategy. Collage is the construction of ambiguous or even contradictory relationships through the adjacent placement of disconnected objects. Collage has been powerful and effective in way that it is capable of embracing and incorporating differences between the new and the old, the existing and the deviating.
But overall it has had a destructive effect on the city and urban environment, in the sense that it undermines coherence.
Where at a small scale, differentiation is often preferred - in the way that variety of furniture can enrich the atmosphere of a space - at a larger scale however, a fragmentized environment can work disorientating or even result in a chaotic non-understandable situation. Instead of complexity, we would call this complicatedness; complexity without coherence. In our work we are instead, searching for true complexity; a complexity which does not exclude spatial coherence.