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We create innovative concrete solutions for hard landscaping and planters, design-forward commercial projects, high-traffic retail properties as well as bespoke leisure spaces and private homes.
Igneous is a specialist manufacturer and supplier of resin based polyconcrete installations for the commercial, retail, leisure and public space installations that compliment architectural and landscaping projects in South Africa and abroad. We have an extensive range of pots and planters, seating and furniture, bins, bollards, sculpture and canopies, and bench panelling.
The massive development in Sandton includes the black and white skyline feature of Alice Lane. Igneous has been involved in the development of landscaping for the Alice Lane Towers as well as the extensive pedestrian walkways and landscaped gardens that surround the precinct. From 2010 to 2017 we worked in conjunction with Insite Landscape Architects, Paragon Group and the Ochre Office. Our sugarbowl pots were a customised item for this project and evidence of our polyconcrete’s strength while maintaining light weight. These pots are relatively easily moved and provide an excellent weight option for load bearing structures. Various seating options surround the open areas including rectangular benches, and combinations of elongated and curved organic ottomans. Extensive bench panels provide elegant outdoor seating and frame the raised planter boxes through the Alice Lane public areas. This remains our largest paneling project to date. Its success lies in the polyconcrete being water repellent, allowing for comfortable seating and resistance to ongoing irrigation. The material is sophisticated and references actual furniture while marrying landscaping form.
In 2012 Peter Falke Wines saw the usefulness and all weather durability of our ulterior table and matching bench sets for the outdoor restaurant and tasting areas. The stark white lines of this dining combination offset the ruggedness of the surrounding mountains in stunning contrast.
The Standard Bank Head Office in Rosebank marked the start of the redevelopment of the area in 2013. Together with GLH Architects and Insite Landscape Architects we created a series of traffic bollards that performed their usual traffic calming and protective function, but also doubled-up as seating within landscaped areas. Parts of the bollard placement also form a pedestrian walkway from the nearby Gautrain Rosebank station. A large number of our current bollard range has been designed to be used as bollards, as seating or side tables.
We were first specified by Siliwelile Business Enterprise in 2013 to provide organic benches to line the public areas of FNB Bank City in the Johannesburg city centre. The organic shapes in powder grey were a contemporary contrast to the grey stone historic buildings. It was a great compliment to be asked to provide our contemporary pebbles by the FNB procurement team as part of the revamped Urban Savannah outdoor eating and pedestrian area. The powder grey is a great contrast to First National Bank’s turquoise logo and the nearby hardwearing colour flooring that highlights the walkways.
Greenacres Mall was an extensive project for Stauch Vorster Architects in 2015. It included customised bins and planters, with slatted wood detail, and customised benches. The bin and planter bases are created from our 1m square bollard, timber was at the time supplied by others, but both units now from part of our catalogue as prospective items. All the items included a debossed shape that symbolised the logo for the mall. This detail runs throughout the centre and brings all the elements of the mall together around the brand.
In partnership with DHK Architects in 2013 we embarked upon a vertical extension of our paneling range to create screening panels for the re-established Market Theatre in Johannesburg. Each panel was custom made to size, for vertical, horizontal and diagonal installation. We collaborated on the design of the fixing and installation structures as well as providing a custom colour and finish to the look.
Waterfall City Park is as space for relaxation, special outdoor events and a green belt in the Mall of Africa precinct which opened in 2016. In addition to a collection of elongated pebble seats, triangulated pebble seats and rounded pebble ottomans, Daniel Rebel Landscape Architects, commissioned a variety of custom loud speaker enclosures to surround the large fountain area. The enclosures allow for a fixed public announcement system around the fountain court, with the fountains expertly synchronised to the music. The park is a raised area within the precinct with entry roads beneath, allowing access to the mall. Sturdy walkways have been constructed along these outer surrounds which include our custom modified organic bench variation. This new bench paneling offering along with our oracle bench are standard design items to enhance any flat surround area.
The Mall of Africa is a new skyline feature in Midrand which includes many design-forward architectural buildings including the twist PWC building. Our very popular elongated pebble seat, triangulated pebble seat and rounded pebble ottoman sit in combination against the PWC building and other outdoor communal areas. Elongated pebble benches were placed in underground parking areas as seating for waiting visitors to the Mall.
Menlyn, Pretoria is another area in Gauteng that has seen massive resurgence as a living and entertainment hub. Igneous created installations in 2017 for the Time Square Casino and the Time Square Hotel, both of which lie opposite the Menlyn Main Hotel. A relatively smaller project with LYT Architecture and Bidvest TopTurf, included seating for an outside restaurant and bar area, including elongated and triangulated pebble seating and a custom bean seater. The bean seater is a generous outdoor seating solution that can remain outside in contrast to other lounging options and added to our increasing leisure offering.
Ballito Junction Management commissioned organic shaped planters for their north coast retail property in 2018. Inspired by pebbles and curved shape we made glass fibre reinforced polyconcrete oblique pots in three sizes. Given the straight side on one face and the slanted face on the other, the pots can be positioned in matching series head on or with the straight face against a wall with the slanted side creating a protruding feature. The teardrop pebble pot provides generous small tree planting space and is a perfect stand-alone option or in combination with the obliques. Ellipse bollards have a complimentary shape to the pots and allow for a pedestrian border that blends into the white outdoor tiling and white finish of the mall.
There is a growing development of student accommodation being built in the Pretoria areas surrounding the two universities, one of which is the privately owned Apartments on William completed in 2018. The building includes a basement level state of the art computer centre and work area, with ample roof top and outdoor areas throughout levels of the building. Insite Landscape Architects and FS Group used colour to tie the red brick of the building and the famous jacaranda purple into the pots and seating. The result is lively, practical and complementary of the home-from-home feel of the larger space.
A white and soot installation for Stauch Vorster Architects compliments the tiled floor design at the refurbished Benmore Gardens. This project shows striking use of our contemporary pebble seats. Our pod planter is a key feature with ample planting area for small trees and surrounding soft foliage. These pieces were used in open areas of the mall as functional stand-outs. More structured pieces were placed down narrower passages, also in contrasting white and black – including rectangular benches, square bins and rectangular trough planters.
Dunkirk Estate acquired a beachfront property in 2018 that was transformed into a club house for the estate residents. Our organic loungers were installed on the upstairs deck as an excellent option for all weather, water and sea salt resistant leisure furniture. Igneous was initially conceived as a producer of durable outdoor seating on the north coast, and our factory is situated just outside of Ballito. The Dunkirk project felt like a full circle story, bringing one of our initial designs back the place and environment where it all started.
A recent move for Ad-Corp from Bryanston to Woodmead in 2019 allowed for a redesign of their communal work spaces and conferencing areas, using whites, greys, oak wood finishes and splashes of blue. Paragon Interiors took inspiration from our existing triangulated pot, originally used in the Table Bay Mall, to create a planter-bench option. We achieved this with a reinforced glass fibre polyconcrete seating shelf surrounding the planter and a grooved oak wood finish layer – the result is striking, functional and an excellent combination of polyconcrete and wood. Other areas of the complex included contemporary pebble seats, combined with wave shaped wooden slated seating (supplied by others). These pebbles were one of the first to incorporate pigments from our new 21-colour range – including midnight, onyx and fjord.
Hertford Office Park is a beautifully constructed and landscaped commercial space, completed through 2018 and 2019. Our rectangular angled bench provides a striking seating option within open areas and communal spaces alongside different buildings. A variety of pot designs have been used for entrances, outdoor patios and to separate parking bays away from the offices themselves. Igneous is well known in the landscaping industry for variously shaped pots and planters that are design forward to simple utility types. This office park is an example of how square, rectangular and cylindrical planters can be used to create functional, and yet, unique and focal areas with in a large built environment.
Igneous has a long-standing partnership with Iyer Urban Design, including the work achieved for the Moses Mabhida Soccer Stadium before the 2010 World Cup. The stadium stands as backdrop to the newly designed Point Promenade, which has revitalised the public space along these Durban beaches. The Promenade again showed our ability to rollout a large project, both in manufacturing and installation. Further, the rectangular pebble bench and the over-sized square planters were customised items especially for this project, scaled in proportion to one another to provide a seating surround to the contained landscaping. The pebble bench is understated yet highly functional, durable, weather resistant and in balance with the natural shapes form the beach below. Igneous is well known in the landscaping market for custom sized planters of various shapes and designs. The polyconcrete and glass fibre reinforced concrete material is well structured for over-sized planters that can retain large volumes of soil, planting and irrigation and will not absorb or stain from the water. In total over 240 pieces were produced, placed and installed, including 154 rectangular pebble benches, 32 square planters, 38 external bins and 17, 500mm traffic bollards.
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