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In May, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum selected Brooks + Scarpa as the recipient of the 2014 National Design Award for architecture, recognizing the high level of innovation and public impact of its body of work—which has been pioneering in the fields of sustainable design and affordable housing. Above: Solar Umbrella House  &  Reactor Films by Brooks + Scarpa. Photography courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa.

At this Montreal apartment, the open kitchen is just steps from the entry, straight ahead, as befits the star attraction. Thank Anne Sophie Goneau for that—she could have placed the kitchen practically anywhere she liked after gutting the 1,300 square feet, the ground level of an 1887 triplex. Photography by Adrien Williams.