There are few architectural buffs like Martin Hiscock who have lived in, and, on occasion, restored, some of Melbourne’s most significant homes.
March 22nd, 2016
Cardiologist Martin Hiscock had no intention of buying architect Guilford Bell’s Seccull House in bayside Brighton when an agent offered to show him through. But after inspecting the spacious home (approximately 500 square metres) nestled on over 2,000 square metres of manicured gardens, there was only one option: moving house yet again. “I’m a serial mover, particularly when great architecture is presented to me,” says Hiscock.
Fortunately the Seccull House had only been altered in parts since it was designed in 1972. The original kitchen had been replaced in the 1990s and some of the finishes, such as the plush white carpet and silk drapes, were slightly worn. Steel gutters and detailing also needed attention.
Working with architect Graham Fisher, Guilford Bell’s younger business partner, the Seccull house now presents as Bell’s original vision, with a couple of fine contemporary insertions to accommodate family living nearly 50 years later. But the past has also been lovingly preserved, with items such as the original Maytag washing machine and dryer remaining in the kitchen-size laundry. “The house is a suntrap. The northern light is reached on two fronts, with the two main wings orientated to the light and gardens,” says Hiscock.
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Photography by: Nicole England.
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