The classic 1986 movie “Ferris Bueller’s day off’’ is much more than a hijinks school comedy heroising some quick witted kids.

By Dario Amara, 26 March 2018

The classic 1986 movie “Ferris Bueller’s day off’’ is much more than a hijinks school comedy heroising some quick witted kids.

Like many, I am occasionally drawn to re watch and relive a time of relative innocence where truancy was considered the high-water mark for rebelliousness, and the resulting adverse school record serving more as a “diploma” to reflect your individuality as a high school undergraduate.

The movie resonates on another, more sublime level, quite separate from the sociological one that evokes the nostalgia.

This subliminal level is given an overture, when Ferris, his girlfriend and buddy visit the Art Institute of Chicago, where they appear to pay solemn homage to masterpieces that include works by Picasso and Pollock.

This of course is incongruous for truants.

The movie actually presents us with two pieces of high art.

High art to me is exemplary human expression which inspires us to see what is possible. It is timeless, and reconnects us to our humanity.

The first piece is the Carrozzeria Scaglietti sculptured1961 Ferrari 250GT California Spider-arguably one of the best that Ferrari has ever created.

This sports car, is an undeniable masterpiece that is prized by collectors. This is proven by the massive value it is ascribed at car auctions.

In studying its sculptured presence, one notices that apart from meeting the needs of aerodynamics and projecting a powerful dynamism while being idle, it also, from its anterior exhibits a humanistic persona.

In the film, the Ferrari 250GT peacefully resides, for most of the time, at Ferris’ best friend Cameron Frye’s fathers home.

The home seemed inspired in the way it not only showcased the iconic Ferrari but also in the way it seemed to be in total harmony with its setting.

Of course, this made me research its provenance to understand who was responsible for the second piece of high art.

I was not at all surprised to find that it was designed by A.James Speyer, who was a student of the great modernist architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The residence, built in 1953, is known as the Ben Rose House and is located in Highland Park, Illinois.

Apart for being an example of mid-century architecture at its finest, it spurs us to contemplate what it is that makes a residential building so much at peace with its setting.

This contemplation is timely, as too often these days we hear about “sustainable housing”, which in my opinion, for the most part only addresses a fraction of what sustainability is really about.

The conversation surrounding sustainable buildings appears to pivot around energy efficiency, with little to no consideration given to the carbon footprint or the way that a building harmonises with its environmental setting.

Traditional bulk building materials such as masonry and concrete are some of the biggest offenders as far as the carbon impact that they have on the environment.

Industry custom and practice and materials supply chains tend to impede the shift to more sustainable building materials, which would provide architects a richer palette.

The Ben Rose House is low impact to the environment. The design adopts a beam and column structural frame to raise it above the sloping site without resorting to cutting, filling or retaining walls. Its design has been in harmony with its setting since 1953.

Its carbon footprint has been spectacularly low.

Its design, reaches out and invites the surrounding beauty to become part of its interior design, while at the same time paying homage to its setting by way of its architectural and structural design.

We should pay more attention to high art and learn from its subliminal messages.

Ferris was without doubt worthy of a distinction grade, for having a day off!

Collier Homes, the art of building.

For nearly 60 years Collier Homes has been a builder that West Australian families have turned, to build their homes.

It is not uncommon to meet people who make mention of the fact that Collier Homes built their parents or grandparents home, this is very special to us as it instils a strong sense of  family tradition in what we do.

An enduring brand, such as Collier Homes, when applied to the building of a new home automatically ascribes value.

From very humble beginnings, in 1959, the Collier Homes story begins when Mr Raymond McCarthy registered the business.
Raymond McCathy’s colleague and former General Manager until 1978, Ossie Simmonds recalls that Ray’s values were based on truth and loyalty.
Raymond McCarthy lived on Collier Street, Ardross which is where the name of his building business came from.
The relationship with the suburb continued with the first display home called the Norwood being built on Riseley Street in 1967.
In 1969 the business was sold to a national land developer and then in 1981, it was purchased by one of its senior executives, Mr Ron Smith.
In 1996, the business was acquired by national home builder; Home Australia.
Collier Homes is now owned by Dario Amara, who is a second generation builder, who purchased the business assets in 2016 as a part of a strategy to build on a family tradition of building quality custom homes, commenced in the early 1960’s by his father, Frank Amara.
Dario Amara LinkedIn Profile, has been a registered builder since 1984. He is also a chartered professional engineer with experience gained over some 40 years in Australia and internationally, spanning the building, infrastructure and property sectors.
Dario, is active in the business and supports his son, Alberto Amara, who as operations director takes the family building tradition into the third generation.
Collier Homes, is a custom builder that is passionate about the creative process associated with building a home.

Because of this, a home built by Collier Homes not only looks stylish, but it also harmonises the lifestyle and aspirations of their owners.

This is the art of building.

Dario Amara, is a builder, civil engineer and arts patron.

He has served as Chairman of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Chairman of the West Australian Opera Company and Chairman of Heritage Perth.

He is the Owner and Chairman of Collier Homes (1959) Pty Ltd (collierhomes.com.au)