About BOX Design

Mark Gomes & John Broere

Mark and John met over 30 years ago while studying art and architecture at art college in London. They have remained good friends, working together, starting BOX, and flyfishing together ever since. They continue to work and exhibit independently as artists, while building a solid reputation in the design field.

Phone: 416-606-0921

213 Sterling Road
/// Unit #107
Toronto, Ontario
M6R 2B2


The BOX Terrace

  • BOX provides complete design and installation services for your rooftop, penthouse, or terrace garden.

  • We draw from over 50 combine years of experience to address the many unique conditions of rooftop gardening.

  • Extend your living space and enjoy the pleasures of a constantly changing urban garden.

  • BOX has developed a unique, insulated planter system designed to overcome the harsh conditions of rooftop gardening.

  • Our containers are made of 2 inch thick, high density foam, which is covered with reinforcing mesh and coated with durable flexcrete. The boxes are lightweight and modular to allow for a variety of installations.

  • Our soil mix combines peat, vermiculite, and organic matter to provide a light-weight and nutrient rich growing medium.

  • Our modular, removable cedar and/or Ipe decking systems can be combined with a variety of natural and alternative surfaces.

  • Slate panels, river stone, and areas of synthetic turf add texture and define areas with the total terrace design.

  • Unique and innovative design elements add drama to any garden plan. Artificial topiary becomes garden sculpture.

  • Cast boulders suggest landscape.

  • Water fountains and reflecting pools allude to oasis.

  • Contemporary trellis work and privacy screens provide shelter from the wind and sun.

  • We use a full range of hardy plant stock including evergreen and deciduous trees, flowering shrubs and dogwoods, climbing vines (like alpine clematis, honeysuckle, and bitterroot)...

  • perennials such as stonecrop, yarrow, daylillies, various grasses, groundcovers, and alpine plants.

  • Plant selection is dependent on the site's exposure to the sun, shade, and window. Aesthetic considerations such as colour, scale, and winter interest are also important.

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