Truncated square tiling

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Truncated square tiling
Truncated square tiling
Type Semiregular tiling
Vertex configuration Truncated square tiling vertfig.png
Schläfli symbol t{4,4}
tr{4,4} or
Wythoff symbol 2 | 4 4
4 4 2 |
Coxeter diagram CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.png or CDel node 1.pngCDel split1-44.pngCDel nodes 11.png
Symmetry p4m, [4,4], (*442)
Rotation symmetry p4, [4,4]+, (442)
Bowers acronym Tosquat
Dual Tetrakis square tiling
Properties Vertex-transitive

In geometry, the truncated square tiling is a semiregular tiling by regular polygons of the Euclidean plane with one square and two octagons on each vertex. This is the only edge-to-edge tiling by regular convex polygons which contains an octagon. It has Schläfli symbol of t{4,4}.

Conway calls it a truncated quadrille, constructed as a truncation operation applied to a square tiling (quadrille).

Other names used for this pattern include Mediterranean tiling and octagonal tiling, which is often represented by smaller squares, and nonregular octagons which alternate long and short edges.

There are 3 regular and 8 semiregular tilings in the plane.

Uniform colorings[edit]

There are two distinct uniform colorings of a truncated square tiling. (Naming the colors by indices around a vertex (4.8.8): 122, 123.)

Uniform tiling 44-t12.png
2 colors: 122
CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.png
Uniform tiling 44-t012.png
3 colors: 123
CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.png

Circle packing[edit]

The truncated square tiling can be used as a circle packing, placing equal diameter circles at the center of every point. Every circle is in contact with 3 other circles in the packing (kissing number).[1]



One variations on this pattern, often called a Mediterranean pattern, is shown in stone tiles with smaller squares and diagonally aligned with the borders. Other variations stretch the squares or octagons.

The Pythagorean tiling alternates large and small squares, and may be seen as topologically identical to the truncated square tiling. The squares are rotated 45 degrees and octagons are distorted into squares with mid-edge vertices.

A weaving pattern also has the same topology, with octagons flattened rectangles.

p4m, (*442) p4, (442) p4g, (4*2) pmm (*2222)
Mediterranean tiling.png Mediterranean tiling2.png Distorted truncated square tiling.png Truncated square tiling star varation.svg Weaved truncated square tiling0b.png Distorted truncated square tiling 4.svg Octagon rectangle tiling.png Octagon rhombus tiling.png
p4m, (*442) p4, (442) cmm, (2*22) pmm (*2222)
Truncated square tiling isogonal2.png Truncated square tiling isogonal.png Distorted truncated square tiling2.png Flemish bond tiling.svg Weaved truncated square tiling.png Distorted truncated square tiling 3.svg Truncated rhombic tiling.png Truncated rectangular tiling.png
Mediterranean Pythagorean Flemish bond Weaving Twisted Rectangular/rhombic

Related polyhedra and tilings[edit]

The truncated square tiling is topologically related as a part of sequence of uniform polyhedra and tilings with vertex figures 4.2n.2n, extending into the hyperbolic plane:

The 3-dimensional bitruncated cubic honeycomb projected into the plane shows two copies of a truncated tiling. In the plane it can be represented by a compound tiling, or combined can be seen as a chamfered square tiling.

Uniform tiling 44-t01.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.png
Uniform tiling 44-t12.png
CDel node.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.png
Chamfered square tiling.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.png + CDel node.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.png

Wythoff constructions from square tiling[edit]

Drawing the tiles colored as red on the original faces, yellow at the original vertices, and blue along the original edges, all 8 forms are distinct. However treating faces identically, there are only three unique topologically forms: square tiling, truncated square tiling, snub square tiling.

Related tilings in other symmetries[edit]

Tetrakis square tiling[edit]

The tetrakis square tiling is the tiling of the Euclidean plane dual to the truncated square tiling. It can be constructed square tiling with each square divided into four isosceles right triangles from the center point, forming an infinite arrangement of lines. It can also be formed by subdividing each square of a grid into two triangles by a diagonal, with the diagonals alternating in direction, or by overlaying two square grids, one rotated by 45 degrees from the other and scaled by a factor of 2.

Conway calls it a kisquadrille,[2] represented by a kis operation that adds a center point and triangles to replace the faces of a square tiling (quadrille). It is also called the Union Jack lattice because of the resemblance to the UK flag of the triangles surrounding its degree-8 vertices.[3]

P1 dual.png

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Order in Space: A design source book, Keith Critchlow, p.74-75, circle pattern H
  2. ^ John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel, Chaim Goodman-Strass, The Symmetries of Things 2008, ISBN 978-1-56881-220-5 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-19. Retrieved 2012-01-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) (Chapter 21, Naming Archimedean and Catalan polyhedra and tilings, p288 table)
  3. ^ Stephenson, John, "Ising Model with Antiferromagnetic Next-Nearest-Neighbor Coupling: Spin Correlations and Disorder Points", Phys. Rev. B, 1 (11): 4405–4409, doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.1.4405.

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