With reverence to old and new Kensington, Ha Architects have updated this Edwardian row house with a double-storey rear renovation. Without and within, Bianco House builds upon the clients’ existing white on white aesthetic. The new upper storey’s vertical cladding sets off the older, horizontal weatherboard. The marble and tile kitchen island evokes an empty canvas on which to create — but considered touches of timber punctuate the palette. From the front door, an intriguing view draws the eye to greenery at the rear. And the courtyard is softened by rose paving and the ground floor’s timber exterior. Considered design evokes discrete experiences within the primary living space: the void and skylight; a window seat to catch late morning sun; hidden entrances to laundry and bathroom; and the coalescence of kitchen and courtyard into one outdoor room. The result is a transformed, spacious Australian home.