This stunning energy-efficient glider recently took top prize in the for its innovative re-envisioning the life-cycle of the airplane. Designed by Roland Cernat, the is constructed entirely of recyclable materials, runs on clean energy, and boasts a sleek translucent shell finished with glossy organic contours.

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In the past we’ve covered several future-forward airplanes that breathe a breath of fresh air into an industry made infamous for its colossal carbon footprint. Roland Cernat’s blue-sky concept plane innovates upon these designs as an effortless glider that looks beyond its product life-cycle.

He describes his Oriens Glider as “A plane with [a] reinvented lifecycle based on the Cradle-to-Cradle principle. It combines an ecological energy concept and sustainable materials, with an organic design language and bionic inspired details”.

Cernat’s concept is governed by a “designed-for-disassembly” philosophy based upon the Cradle-to-Cradle ideals, thus all of its materials are easily recyclable. The glider’s frame is constructed out of a lightweight flax bio-compound that is CO2 neutral, recyclable, and its transparent body is constructed out of polycarbonate, which can be repeatedly recycled without compromising its integrity.

The glider’s wings are crested with photovoltaic cells that provide for emissions-free flight, and an electric motor houses a propeller that retracts when gliding for increased efficiency. For safety and practicality, a fuel engine and generator allows the plane to operate as a hybrid.

We’re impressed by the Oriens Glider’s smooth streamlined curves and transparent construction that contribute an aerodynamic profile while creating an in-flight experience similar to that of a para-glider or hang-glider.

+ Lucky Strike Junior Designer Award + Oriens Glider

All images by Roland Cernat