Square gyrobicupola

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Square gyrobicupola
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Type Johnson
J28 - J29 - J30
Faces 8 triangles
2+8 squares
Edges 32
Vertices 16
Vertex configuration 8(
Symmetry group D4d
Dual polyhedron -
Properties convex
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In geometry, the square gyrobicupola is one of the Johnson solids (J29). Like the square orthobicupola (J28), it can be obtained by joining two square cupolae (J4) along their bases. The difference is that in this solid, the two halves are rotated 45 degrees with respect to one another.

A Johnson solid is one of 92 strictly convex polyhedra that have regular faces but are not uniform (that is, they are not Platonic solids, Archimedean solids, prisms, or antiprisms). They were named by Norman Johnson, who first listed these polyhedra in 1966.[1]

The square gyrobicupola is the second in an infinite set of gyrobicupolae.

Related to the square gyrobicupola is the elongated square gyrobicupola. This polyhedron is created when an octagonal prism is inserted between the two halves of the square gyrobicupola. It is argued whether or not the elongated square gyrobicupola is an Archimedean solid because, although it meets every other standard necessary to be an Archimedean solid, it is not highly symmetric.


The following formulae for volume and surface area can be used if all faces are regular, with edge length a:[2]

Related polyhedra and honeycombs[edit]

The square gyrobicupola forms space-filling honeycombs with tetrahedra, cubes and cuboctahedra; and with tetrahedra, square pyramids, and elongated square bipyramids. (The latter unit can be decomposed into elongated square pyramids, cubes, and/or square pyramids).[3]


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