The new academic building is Bakoko’s latest submission to a competition calling for architects to submit a new design for Kyaoi Garden University’s existing amenity space. Rather than starting from scratch, the architects opted to “lift” the existing space to a higher level which would not only optimize the building through vertical construction and provide the chance to create a green public space, but give the adjacent sports field much needed spectator seating. While indisputably a well thought out program, the most impressive features relate to the sustainable elements employed in the structure’s design. The sloping green roof not offers an incredible open space for student, staff and visitors, but the inherent biomass lends a hand in significantly reducing the need for both mechanical heating and cooling year round. Additionally, the expansive roof also aids in capturing rainwater runoff and promotes the propagation of an array of trees and plants that would be otherwise be difficult to maintain.