Compound of five cubes
|Compound of five cubes|
|Stellation core||rhombic triacontahedron|
|Dual||Compound of five octahedra|
|Symmetry group||icosahedral (Ih)|
|Subgroup restricting to one constituent||pyritohedral (Th)|
The compound is a faceting of a dodecahedron (where pentagrams can be seen correlating to the pentagonal faces). Each cube represents one orientation of 8 of 12 vertices within a dodecahedron convex hull.
If the shape is considered as a union of five cubes yielding a simple concave solid without self-intersecting surfaces, then it has 360 faces (all triangles), 182 vertices (60 with degree 3, 30 with degree 4, 12 with degree 5, 60 with degree 8, and 20 with degree 12), and 540 edges, yielding an Euler characteristic of 182-540+360 = +2.
Its convex hull is a regular dodecahedron. It additionally shares its edge arrangement with the small ditrigonal icosidodecahedron, the great ditrigonal icosidodecahedron, and the ditrigonal dodecadodecahedron.
Small ditrigonal icosidodecahedron
Great ditrigonal icosidodecahedron
Dodecahedron (convex hull)
Compound of five cubes
As a spherical tiling
As a stellation
This compound can be formed as a stellation of the rhombic triacontahedron. The 30 rhombic faces exist in the planes of the 5 cubes.
The stellation facets for construction are:
Other 5-cube compounds
A second 5-cube compound, with octahedral symmetry, also exists. It can be generated by adding a fifth cube to the standard 4-cube compound.
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- VRML model: 
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