Truncated icosidodecahedron

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Truncated icosidodecahedron

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Type Archimedean solid
Uniform polyhedron
Elements F = 62, E = 180, V = 120 (χ = 2)
Faces by sides 30{4}+20{6}+12{10}
Conway notation bD or taD
Schläfli symbols tr{5,3} or
Wythoff symbol 2 3 5 |
Coxeter diagram
Symmetry group Ih, H3, [5,3], (*532), order 120
Rotation group I, [5,3]+, (532), order 60
Dihedral angle 6-10: 142.62°
4-10: 148.28°
4-6: 159.095°
References U28, C31, W16
Properties Semiregular convex zonohedron

Colored faces

(Vertex figure)

Disdyakis triacontahedron
(dual polyhedron)


In geometry, a truncated icosidodecahedron, rhombitruncated icosidodecahedron,[1] great rhombicosidodecahedron,[2][3] omnitruncated dodecahedron or omnitruncated icosahedron[4] is an Archimedean solid, one of thirteen convex, isogonal, non-prismatic solids constructed by two or more types of regular polygon faces.

It has 62 faces: 30 squares, 20 regular hexagons, and 12 regular decagons. It has the most edges and vertices of all Platonic and Archimedean solids, though the snub dodecahedron has more faces. Of all vertex-transitive polyhedra, it occupies the largest percentage (89.80%) of the volume of a sphere in which it is inscribed, very narrowly beating the snub dodecahedron (89.63%) and small rhombicosidodecahedron (89.23%), and less narrowly beating the truncated icosahedron (86.74%); it also has by far the greatest volume (206.8 cubic units) when its edge length equals 1. Of all vertex-transitive polyhedra that are not prisms or antiprisms, it has the largest sum of angles (90 + 120 + 144 = 354 degrees) at each vertex; only a prism or antiprism with more than 60 sides would have a larger sum. Since each of its faces has point symmetry (equivalently, 180° rotational symmetry), the truncated icosidodecahedron is a 15-zonohedron.


The name truncated icosidodecahedron, given originally by Johannes Kepler, is misleading. An actual truncation of an icosidodecahedron has rectangles instead of squares. This nonuniform polyhedron is topologically equivalent to the Archimedean solid.

Alternate interchangeable names are:

Icosidodecahedron and its truncation

The name great rhombicosidodecahedron refers to the relationship with the (small) rhombicosidodecahedron (compare section Dissection).
There is a nonconvex uniform polyhedron with a similar name, the nonconvex great rhombicosidodecahedron.

Area and volume[edit]

The surface area A and the volume V of the truncated icosidodecahedron of edge length a are:[citation needed]

If a set of all 13 Archimedean solids were constructed with all edge lengths equal, the truncated icosidodecahedron would be the largest.

Cartesian coordinates[edit]

Cartesian coordinates for the vertices of a truncated icosidodecahedron with edge length 2φ − 2, centered at the origin, are all the even permutations of:[5]

1/φ, ±1/φ, ±(3 + φ)),
2/φ, ±φ, ±(1 + 2φ)),
1/φ, ±φ2, ±(−1 + 3φ)),
(±(2φ − 1), ±2, ±(2 + φ)) and
φ, ±3, ±2φ),

where φ = 1 + 5/2 is the golden ratio.


The truncated icosidodecahedron is the convex hull of a rhombicosidodecahedron with cuboids above its 30 squares, whose height to base ratio is φ. The rest of its space can be dissected into nonuniform cupolas, namely 12 between inner pentagons and outer decagons and 20 between inner triangles and outer hexagons.

An alternative dissection also has a rhombicosidodecahedral core. It has 12 pentagonal rotundae between inner pentagons and outer decagons. The remaining part is a toroidal polyhedron.

dissection images
These images show the rhombicosidodecahedron (violet) and the truncated icosidodecahedron (green). If their edge lengths are 1, the distance between corresponding squares is φ.
The toroidal polyhedron remaining after the core and twelve rotundae are cut out

Orthogonal projections[edit]

The truncated icosidodecahedron has seven special orthogonal projections, centered on a vertex, on three types of edges, and three types of faces: square, hexagonal and decagonal. The last two correspond to the A2 and H2 Coxeter planes.

Orthogonal projections
Centered by Vertex Edge
[2]+ [2] [2] [2] [2] [6] [10]

Spherical tilings and Schlegel diagrams[edit]

The truncated 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.

Schlegel diagrams are similar, with a perspective projection and straight edges.

Orthographic projection Stereographic projections
Decagon-centered Hexagon-centered Square-centered

Geometric variations[edit]

Within Icosahedral symmetry there are unlimited geometric variations of the truncated icosidodecahedron with isogonal faces. The truncated dodecahedron, rhombicosidodecahedron, and truncated icosahedron as degenerate limiting cases.

Truncated icosidodecahedral graph[edit]

Truncated icosidodecahedral graph
5-fold symmetry
Automorphisms120 (A5×2)
Chromatic number2
PropertiesCubic, Hamiltonian, regular, zero-symmetric
Table of graphs and parameters

In the mathematical field of graph theory, a truncated icosidodecahedral graph (or great rhombicosidodecahedral graph) is the graph of vertices and edges of the truncated icosidodecahedron, one of the Archimedean solids. It has 120 vertices and 180 edges, and is a zero-symmetric and cubic Archimedean graph.[6]

Schlegel diagram graphs

3-fold symmetry

2-fold symmetry

Related polyhedra and tilings[edit]

Bowtie icosahedron and dodecahedron contain two trapezoidal faces in place of the square.[7]
Family of uniform icosahedral polyhedra
Symmetry: [5,3], (*532) [5,3]+, (532)
{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
V5.5.5 V3.10.10 V3.5.3.5 V5.6.6 V3. V3.4.5.4 V4.6.10 V3.

This polyhedron can be considered a member of a sequence of uniform patterns with vertex figure (4.6.2p) and Coxeter-Dynkin diagram . For p < 6, the members of the sequence are omnitruncated polyhedra (zonohedrons), shown below as spherical tilings. For p > 6, they are tilings of the hyperbolic plane, starting with the truncated triheptagonal tiling.

*n32 symmetry mutation of omnitruncated tilings: 4.6.2n
Spherical Euclid. Compact hyperb. Paraco. Noncompact hyperbolic
Config. 4.6.4 4.6.6 4.6.8 4.6.10 4.6.12 4.6.14 4.6.16 4.6.∞ 4.6.24i 4.6.18i 4.6.12i 4.6.6i
Config. V4.6.4 V4.6.6 V4.6.8 V4.6.10 V4.6.12 V4.6.14 V4.6.16 V4.6.∞ V4.6.24i V4.6.18i V4.6.12i V4.6.6i


  1. ^ a b Wenninger Model Number 16
  2. ^ a b Williams (Section 3-9, p. 94)
  3. ^ a b Cromwell (p. 82)
  4. ^ a b Norman Woodason Johnson, "The Theory of Uniform Polytopes and Honeycombs", 1966
  5. ^ Weisstein, Eric W. "Icosahedral group". MathWorld.
  6. ^ Read, R. C.; Wilson, R. J. (1998), An Atlas of Graphs, Oxford University Press, p. 269
  7. ^ Symmetrohedra: Polyhedra from Symmetric Placement of Regular Polygons Craig S. Kaplan


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