MCA - The Rocks, Sydney - The HDR Series by Philip Johnson

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Formerly the Maritime Services Building, the Art Deco gem now houses the Museum of Contemporary Art or the MCA

This monumental ‘H’ plan Art Deco office building was designed to complement the functionalist appearance of Circular Quay Railway Station, which itself was the subject of considerable public controversy during the 1930s.

The concrete encased steel framed building, which is relatively narrow in cross section, later required additional area on the George Street frontage to create sufficient gallery floor space. The exterior brick walls are faced with Maroubra yellowrock sandstone and detailed with polished Rob Roy granite.

The foyer is clad with polished Wombeyan marble and edged with green marble quarried near Mudgee in New South Wales. Internally, the mezzanine balcony is decorated with a wave design balustrade in aluminium. Windows are bronze framed and, on the whole, materials have been carefully specified to suit the harbourside location.

Much of the building’s decoration is contained in bas-relief panels on the central tower and over entrances, similar to the Rockefeller Centre in New York. Commencement of construction was interrupted by World War Two; by the time the building was completed, fashion had changed, and it was considered an Art Deco dinosaur

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Philip Johnson is a Photographer located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Specialising in HDR photography his works have been shown in galleries,published in Tourism campaigns. His work will also be available as Jig Saws through Crown & Andrews

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2011

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  • Trevor Fellows
    Trevor Fellowsabout 6 years ago

    nice work m8 love the sky and the contrast between the building and the blue.


  • thanks Trevor those clouds were cool too

    – Philip Johnson

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomabout 6 years ago

    lovely Phil

  • thanks Kaz

    – Philip Johnson

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonabout 6 years ago

    thank god this building was saved there was some talk of demolishing it for a Cinema Complex !

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomabout 6 years ago

    yep thank god they didnt

  • flame7
    flame7about 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot… really effective !

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful work Philip!!! You certainly did it justice!!! So glad that it was saved!! We so need to preserve these beautiful buildings!!!

  • yes dear old Jack Munday and his union green bans saved the whole Rocks precinct

    – Philip Johnson

  • Lesley  Hill
    Lesley Hillabout 6 years ago

    Great shot Philip! I just love this building and the art work inside! I would like to thank you very much for the background information on the building itself, much appreciated!

  • Wayne Holman
    Wayne Holmanabout 6 years ago

    Seen many images of this building mate, but this really stands out as one of the best, great work

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 6 years ago

    Stunning, really is outstanding.

  • busbydeebar
    busbydeebarabout 6 years ago

    great shot Philip, i don’t know why this building isn’t more popular, it’s one of my faves in sydney… the hdr really works well for the building and lifts the whole image to another level… great work!

  • a art deco wonder if you like this style , join art deco heaven group

    i hear the host is a nice guy lol

    – Philip Johnson

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