By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.




There's a cracking ding-dong brewing up down under. In one corner is 'the violated' - Australian god Glenn Murcutt.

In the other is New Zealander Mark Banning-Taylor - developer behind the multi-million dollar Moonlight Head luxury villa and eco-hotel scheme on Victoria's Great Ocean Road.

Things have not gone well.

Technically it is Murcutt's largest-ever project since setting up in 1969. However, Mr M is trying to disassociate himself from the scheme, claiming the final product is riddled with 'deviations from the original'.

Banning-Taylor has hit back, moaning about Murcutt's supervision. The 'debacle' has become a maelstrom of innuendo, blame and counterargument. Or, as Antipodean builder Charlie Robinson eloquently put it: 'It's been a bit of a shitfight.'

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters