What is equivalent to Bokeh.plotting.figure in holoviews?


I’d like to set up a figure or plotting in holoviews/geoviews to add glyphs to such as tiles, points, etc…

Bokeh has a plotting.figure object one can declare which basically is an empty container for plotting. What is the equivalent object in holoviews? I seem to find many examples of plots being generated with example data, but no examples of the plot itself being set up first and then data added at a subsequent stage.