TreeKIT is planning a design competition for innovative guards / seating / bike parking that helps protect trees and the soil beds they grow in. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, check out the above inspirational design by Roman Vrtiska.
This design by WXY Architecture + Urban Design wraps organically around a tree while providing seating. Unfortunately the metal slats were designed to deter skateboarding.
We’re starting to save our favorite tree guards designs here: http://pinterest.com/ebarry/tree-guards/ — consider adding some pins!