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Type Archimedean solid
Uniform polyhedron
Elements F = 32, E = 60, V = 30 (χ = 2)
Faces by sides 20{3}+12{5}
Conway notation aD
Schläfli symbols r{5,3}
Wythoff symbol 2 | 3 5
Coxeter diagram CDel node.pngCDel 5.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png
Symmetry group Ih, H3, [5,3], (*532), order 120
Rotation group I, [5,3]+, (532), order 60
Dihedral angle 142.62°
References U24, C28, W12
Properties Semiregular convex quasiregular
Polyhedron 12-20 max.png
Colored faces
Polyhedron 12-20 vertfig.svg
(Vertex figure)
Polyhedron 12-20 dual max.png
Rhombic triacontahedron
(dual polyhedron)
Polyhedron 12-20 net.svg
3D model of an icosidodecahedron

In geometry, an icosidodecahedron is a polyhedron with twenty (icosi) triangular faces and twelve (dodeca) pentagonal faces. An icosidodecahedron has 30 identical vertices, with two triangles and two pentagons meeting at each, and 60 identical edges, each separating a triangle from a pentagon. As such it is one of the Archimedean solids and more particularly, a quasiregular polyhedron.


An icosidodecahedron has icosahedral symmetry, and its first stellation is the compound of a dodecahedron and its dual icosahedron, with the vertices of the icosidodecahedron located at the midpoints of the edges of either.

Its dual polyhedron is the rhombic triacontahedron. An icosidodecahedron can be split along any of six planes to form a pair of pentagonal rotundae, which belong among the Johnson solids.

The icosidodecahedron can be considered a pentagonal gyrobirotunda, as a combination of two rotundae (compare pentagonal orthobirotunda, one of the Johnson solids). In this form its symmetry is D5d, [10,2+], (2*5), order 20.

The wire-frame figure of the icosidodecahedron consists of six flat regular decagons, meeting in pairs at each of the 30 vertices.

The icosidodecahedron has 6 central decagons. Projected into a sphere, they define 6 great circles. Buckminster Fuller used these 6 great circles, along with 15 and 10 others in two other polyhedra to define his 31 great circles of the spherical icosahedron.

Cartesian coordinates[edit]

Convenient Cartesian coordinates for the vertices of an icosidodecahedron with unit edges are given by the even permutations of:[1]

  • (0, 0, ±φ)
  • 1/2, ±φ/2, ±φ2/2)

where φ is the golden ratio, 1 + 5/2.

Orthogonal projections[edit]

The icosidodecahedron has four special orthogonal projections, centered on a vertex, an edge, a triangular face, and a pentagonal face. The last two correspond to the A2 and H2 Coxeter planes.

Orthogonal projections
Centered by Vertex Edge Face
Solid Polyhedron 12-20 from blue max.png Polyhedron 12-20 from yellow max.png Polyhedron 12-20 from red max.png
Wireframe Dodecahedron t1 v.png Dodecahedron t1 e.png Dodecahedron t1 A2.png Dodecahedron t1 H3.png
[2] [2] [6] [10]
Dual Dual dodecahedron t1 v.png Dual dodecahedron t1 e.png Dual dodecahedron t1 A2.png Dual dodecahedron t1 H3.png

Surface area and volume[edit]

The surface area A and the volume V of the icosidodecahedron of edge length a are:

Spherical tiling[edit]

The 60 edges form 6 decagons corresponding to great circles in the spherical tiling.

The icosidodecahedron can also be represented as a spherical tiling, and projected onto the plane via a stereographic projection. This projection is conformal, preserving angles but not areas or lengths. Straight lines on the sphere are projected as circular arcs on the plane.

Uniform tiling 532-t1.png Icosidodecahedron stereographic projection pentagon.png
Icosidodecahedron stereographic projection triangle.png
Orthographic projection Stereographic projections

Related polytopes[edit]

The icosidodecahedron is a rectified dodecahedron and also a rectified icosahedron, existing as the full-edge truncation between these regular solids.

The icosidodecahedron contains 12 pentagons of the dodecahedron and 20 triangles of the icosahedron:

Family of uniform icosahedral polyhedra
Symmetry: [5,3], (*532) [5,3]+, (532)
Uniform polyhedron-53-t0.svg Uniform polyhedron-53-t01.svg Uniform polyhedron-53-t1.svg Uniform polyhedron-53-t12.svg Uniform polyhedron-53-t2.svg Uniform polyhedron-53-t02.png Uniform polyhedron-53-t012.png Uniform polyhedron-53-s012.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 5.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 5.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png CDel node.pngCDel 5.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png CDel node.pngCDel 5.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png CDel node.pngCDel 5.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 5.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 5.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png CDel node h.pngCDel 5.pngCDel node h.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node h.png
{5,3} t{5,3} r{5,3} t{3,5} {3,5} rr{5,3} tr{5,3} sr{5,3}
Duals to uniform polyhedra
Icosahedron.jpg Triakisicosahedron.jpg Rhombictriacontahedron.jpg Pentakisdodecahedron.jpg Dodecahedron.jpg Deltoidalhexecontahedron.jpg Disdyakistriacontahedron.jpg Pentagonalhexecontahedronccw.jpg
V5.5.5 V3.10.10 V3.5.3.5 V5.6.6 V3. V3.4.5.4 V4.6.10 V3.

The icosidodecahedron exists in a sequence of symmetries of quasiregular polyhedra and tilings with vertex configurations (3.n)2, progressing from tilings of the sphere to the Euclidean plane and into the hyperbolic plane. With orbifold notation symmetry of *n32 all of these tilings are wythoff construction within a fundamental domain of symmetry, with generator points at the right angle corner of the domain.[2][3]

*n32 orbifold symmetries of quasiregular tilings: (3.n)2
Quasiregular fundamental domain.png
Spherical Euclidean Hyperbolic
*332 *432 *532 *632 *732 *832... *∞32
Uniform tiling 332-t1-1-.png Uniform tiling 432-t1.png Uniform tiling 532-t1.png Uniform tiling 63-t1.svg Triheptagonal tiling.svg H2-8-3-rectified.svg H2 tiling 23i-2.png
Vertex (3.3)2 (3.4)2 (3.5)2 (3.6)2 (3.7)2 (3.8)2 (3.∞)2
*5n2 symmetry mutations of quasiregular tilings: (5.n)2
Spherical Hyperbolic Paracompact Noncompact
Figures Uniform tiling 532-t1.png H2-5-4-rectified.svg H2 tiling 255-2.png H2 tiling 256-2.png H2 tiling 257-2.png H2 tiling 258-2.png H2 tiling 25i-2.png
Config. (5.3)2 (5.4)2 (5.5)2 (5.6)2 (5.7)2 (5.8)2 (5.∞)2 (5.ni)2
Rhombictriacontahedron.jpg H2-5-4-rhombic.svg H2-5-4-primal.svg Order-6-5 quasiregular rhombic tiling.png
Config. V(5.3)2 V(5.4)2 V(5.5)2 V(5.6)2 V(5.7)2 V(5.8)2 V(5.∞)2 V(5.∞)2


The icosidodecahedron is related to the Johnson solid called a pentagonal orthobirotunda created by two pentagonal rotunda connected as mirror images. The icosidodecahedron can therefore be called a pentagonal gyrobirotunda with the gyration between top and bottom halves.

Dissected icosidodecahedron.png
(pentagonal gyrobirotunda)
Pentagonal orthobirotunda solid.png
Pentagonal orthobirotunda
Pentagonal rotunda.png
Pentagonal rotunda

Related polyhedra[edit]

Icosidodecahedron in truncated cube

The truncated cube can be turned into an icosidodecahedron by dividing the octagons into two pentagons and two triangles. It has pyritohedral symmetry.

Eight uniform star polyhedra share the same vertex arrangement. Of these, two also share the same edge arrangement: the small icosihemidodecahedron (having the triangular faces in common), and the small dodecahemidodecahedron (having the pentagonal faces in common). The vertex arrangement is also shared with the compounds of five octahedra and of five tetrahemihexahedra.

Small icosihemidodecahedron.png
Small icosihemidodecahedron
Small dodecahemidodecahedron.png
Small dodecahemidodecahedron
Great icosidodecahedron.png
Great icosidodecahedron
Great dodecahemidodecahedron.png
Great dodecahemidodecahedron
Great icosihemidodecahedron.png
Great icosihemidodecahedron
Small dodecahemicosahedron.png
Small dodecahemicosahedron
Great dodecahemicosahedron.png
Great dodecahemicosahedron
Compound of five octahedra.png
Compound of five octahedra
UC18-5 tetrahemihexahedron.png
Compound of five tetrahemihexahedra

Related polychora[edit]

In four-dimensional geometry the icosidodecahedron appears in the regular 600-cell as the equatorial slice that belongs to the vertex-first passage of the 600-cell through 3D space. In other words: the 30 vertices of the 600-cell which lie at arc distances of 90 degrees on its circumscribed hypersphere from a pair of opposite vertices, are the vertices of an icosidodecahedron. The wire frame figure of the 600-cell consists of 72 flat regular decagons. Six of these are the equatorial decagons to a pair of opposite vertices. They are precisely the six decagons which form the wire frame figure of the icosidodecahedron.

Icosidodecahedral graph[edit]

Icosidodecahedral graph
Icosidodecahedral graph.png
5-fold symmetry Schlegel diagram
PropertiesQuartic graph, Hamiltonian, regular
Table of graphs and parameters

In the mathematical field of graph theory, a icosidodecahedral graph is the graph of vertices and edges of the icosidodecahedron, one of the Archimedean solids. It has 30 vertices and 60 edges, and is a quartic graph Archimedean graph.[4]


In Star Trek Universe, the Vulcan game of logic Kal-Toh has the goal to create a holographic icosidodecahedron.

In The Wrong Stars, book one of the Axiom series, by Tim Pratt, Elena has a icosidodecahedron machine on either side of her. [Paperback p 336]

The Hoberman sphere is an icosadodecahedron.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Weisstein, Eric W. "Icosahedral group". MathWorld.
  2. ^ Coxeter Regular Polytopes, Third edition, (1973), Dover edition, ISBN 0-486-61480-8 (Chapter V: The Kaleidoscope, Section: 5.7 Wythoff's construction)
  3. ^ Two Dimensional symmetry Mutations by Daniel Huson
  4. ^ Read, R. C.; Wilson, R. J. (1998), An Atlas of Graphs, Oxford University Press, p. 269


  • Williams, Robert (1979). The Geometrical Foundation of Natural Structure: A Source Book of Design. Dover Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-486-23729-X. (Section 3-9)
  • Cromwell, P. (1997). Polyhedra. United Kingdom: Cambridge. pp. 79–86 Archimedean solids. ISBN 0-521-55432-2.

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