Heritage Places of Adelaide

Ferrari House (former Eagle Star Insurance Building)


28-30 Grenfell Street ADELAIDE


State Heritage Place

Ferrari House (former Eagle Star Insurance building) constructed in 1967-1968, is an outstanding example of the modern commercial buildings that irrevocably changed the city's skyline between 1955 to c1970, an important period of architectural transition in the city of Adelaide. The building pronounced the shift towards modernism in terms of both design and the use of materials and construction techniques, and the built form and curtain wall retain a high degree of integrity. Ferrari House is also an outstanding example of a Post-war International Style building in South Australia and finely articulates many of the key characteristics of the style, including a sleek, rectilinear, prismatic or crystalline form; reinforced concrete frame; cantilevered floors; and an elegant light-weight curtain wall. The curtain wall features grey-tinted glazing, anodised aluminium spandrels and distinctive anodised aluminium 'I'-beam mullions that span vertically between the floors. The design of Ferrari House (former Eagle Star Insurance building) was inspired by the work of Mies van der Rohe and has been recognised by the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects as a 'neoclassical refinement of Miesian philosophy - less is more.'

Listing Information

  • Date of Listing: 1 August 2019
  • Heritage Listing Criteria:

    Criteria D: it is an outstanding representative of a particular class of places of cultural significance;

    Criteria E: it demonstrates a high degree of creative, aesthetic or technical accomplishment or is an outstanding representative of particular construction techniques or design characteristics;

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