BMA Building Sydney or the British Medical Association Building at 137 Macquarie Street is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in Australia and contains many professions including a significant number of doctors.This 12 storey buidling was the tallest in Sydney and no expense was spared when built by the British Medical Association in 1930. It remains the premier medical address on Macquarie Street and retains a wealth of original features.
The top of the BMA Building Sydney is adorned with elaborate knights with armour and large koala bears. The exterior of the building is clad in extraordinary tiles created by the same company that adorned the State Theatre in market Street. From around 1918 up until WWII, Australian architecture was influenced by the Art Deco style, along with the Spanish Mission and Georgian Revival styles.Internally, Art Deco motifs can be found in ceiling moulds and cornices, and incorporated in stained glass. Wood panelling and glass brick walls are also popular design features of this style.Art Deco design moved away from organic shapes, instead referencing Cubism, Constructivism, Modernism and Futurism, and the movement was heavily influenced by the archaeological discoveries happening in Egypt and Greece at the time.