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Type Archimedean solid
Uniform polyhedron
Elements F = 62, E = 120, V = 60 (χ = 2)
Faces by sides 20{3}+30{4}+12{5}
Conway notation eD or aaD
Schläfli symbols rr{5,3} or
Wythoff symbol 3 5 | 2
Coxeter diagram CDel node 1.pngCDel 5.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png
Symmetry group Ih, H3, [5,3], (*532), order 120
Rotation group I, [5,3]+, (532), order 60
Dihedral angle 3-4: 159°05′41″ (159.09°)
4-5: 148°16′57″ (148.28°)
References U27, C30, W14
Properties Semiregular convex
Polyhedron small rhombi 12-20 max.png
Colored faces
Polyhedron small rhombi 12-20 vertfig.svg
(Vertex figure)
Polyhedron small rhombi 12-20 dual max.png
Deltoidal hexecontahedron
(dual polyhedron)
Polyhedron small rhombi 12-20 net.svg

In geometry, the rhombicosidodecahedron is an Archimedean solid, one of thirteen convex isogonal nonprismatic solids constructed of two or more types of regular polygon faces.

It has 20 regular triangular faces, 30 square faces, 12 regular pentagonal faces, 60 vertices, and 120 edges.


Johannes Kepler in Harmonices Mundi (1618) named this polyhedron a rhombicosidodecahedron, being short for truncated icosidodecahedral rhombus, with icosidodecahedral rhombus being his name for a rhombic triacontahedron.[1] There are different truncations of a rhombic triacontahedron into a topological rhombicosidodecahedron: Prominently its rectification (left), the one that creates the uniform solid (center), and the rectification of the dual icosidodecahedron (right), which is the core of the dual compound.

It can also be called an expanded or cantellated dodecahedron or icosahedron, from truncation operations on either uniform polyhedron.


For a rhombicosidodecahedron with edge length a, its surface area and volume are:

Geometric relations

If you expand an icosahedron by moving the faces away from the origin the right amount, without changing the orientation or size of the faces, and do the same to its dual dodecahedron, and patch the square holes in the result, you get a rhombicosidodecahedron. Therefore, it has the same number of triangles as an icosahedron and the same number of pentagons as a dodecahedron, with a square for each edge of either.

Alternatively, if you expand each of five cubes by moving the faces away from the origin the right amount and rotating each of the five 72° around so they are equidistant from each other, without changing the orientation or size of the faces, and patch the pentagonal and triangular holes in the result, you get a rhombicosidodecahedron. Therefore, it has the same number of squares as five cubes.

Two clusters of faces of the bilunabirotunda, the lunes (each lune featuring two triangles adjacent to opposite sides of one square), can be aligned with a congruent patch of faces on the rhombicosidodecahedron. If two bilunabirotundae are aligned this way on opposite sides of the rhombicosidodecahedron, then a cube can be put between the bilunabirotundae at the very center of the rhombicosidodecahedron.

The rhombicosidodecahedron shares the vertex arrangement with the small stellated truncated dodecahedron, and with the uniform compounds of six or twelve pentagrammic prisms.

The Zometool kits for making geodesic domes and other polyhedra use slotted balls as connectors. The balls are "expanded" rhombicosidodecahedra, with the squares replaced by rectangles. The expansion is chosen so that the resulting rectangles are golden rectangles.

Twelve of the 92 Johnson solids are derived from the rhombicosidodecahedron, four of them by rotation of one or more pentagonal cupolae: the gyrate, parabigyrate, metabigyrate, and trigyrate rhombicosidodecahedron. Eight more can be constructed by removing up to three cupolae, sometimes also rotating one or more of the other cupolae.

Cartesian coordinates

Cartesian coordinates for the vertices of a rhombicosidodecahedron with an edge length of 2 centered at the origin are all even permutations of:[2]

(±1, ±1, ±φ3),
φ2, ±φ, ±2φ),
(±(2+φ), 0, ±φ2),

where φ = 1 + 5/2 is the golden ratio. Therefore, the circumradius of this rhombicosidodecahedron is the common distance of these points from the origin, namely φ6+2 = 8φ+7 for edge length 2. For unit edge length, R must be halved, giving

R = 8φ+7/2 = 11+45/2 ≈ 2.233.

Orthogonal projections

Orthogonal projections in Geometria (1543) by Augustin Hirschvogel

The rhombicosidodecahedron has six special orthogonal projections, centered, on a vertex, on two types of edges, and three types of faces: triangles, squares, and pentagons. The last two correspond to the A2 and H2 Coxeter planes.

Orthogonal projections
Centered by Vertex Edge
Solid Polyhedron small rhombi 12-20 from blue max.png Polyhedron small rhombi 12-20 from yellow max.png Polyhedron small rhombi 12-20 from red max.png
Wireframe Dodecahedron t02 v.png Dodecahedron t02 e34.png Dodecahedron t02 e45.png Dodecahedron t02 f4.png Dodecahedron t02 A2.png Dodecahedron t02 H3.png
[2] [2] [2] [2] [6] [10]
Dual dodecahedron t02 v.png Dual dodecahedron t02 e34.png Dual dodecahedron t02 e45.png Dual dodecahedron t02 f4.png Dual dodecahedron t02 A2.png Dual dodecahedron t02 H3.png

Spherical tiling

The rhombicosidodecahedron 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-t02.png Rhombicosidodecahedron stereographic projection pentagon'.png
Rhombicosidodecahedron stereographic projection triangle.png
Rhombicosidodecahedron stereographic projection square.png
Orthographic projection Stereographic projections

Related polyhedra

Expansion of either a dodecahedron or an icosahedron creates a rhombicosidodecahedron.
A version with golden rectangles is used as vertex element of the construction set Zometool.[3]
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.

Symmetry mutations

This polyhedron is topologically related as a part of a sequence of cantellated polyhedra with vertex figure (3.4.n.4), which continues as tilings of the hyperbolic plane. These vertex-transitive figures have (*n32) reflectional symmetry.

*n32 symmetry mutation of expanded tilings: 3.4.n.4
Spherical Euclid. Compact hyperb. Paracomp.
Figure Spherical triangular prism.png Uniform tiling 332-t02.png Uniform tiling 432-t02.png Uniform tiling 532-t02.png Uniform polyhedron-63-t02.png Rhombitriheptagonal tiling.svg H2-8-3-cantellated.svg H2 tiling 23i-5.png
Config. 3.4.∞.4

Johnson solids

There are 12 related Johnson solids, 5 by diminishment, and 8 including gyrations:

Pentagonal cupola.png
Diminished rhombicosidodecahedron.png
Parabidiminished rhombicosidodecahedron.png
Metabidiminished rhombicosidodecahedron.png
Tridiminished rhombicosidodecahedron.png
Gyrated and/or diminished
Gyrate rhombicosidodecahedron.png
Parabigyrate rhombicosidodecahedron.png
Metabigyrate rhombicosidodecahedron.png
Trigyrate rhombicosidodecahedron.png
Paragyrate diminished rhombicosidodecahedron.png
Metagyrate diminished rhombicosidodecahedron.png
Bigyrate diminished rhombicosidodecahedron.png
Gyrate bidiminished rhombicosidodecahedron.png

Vertex arrangement

The rhombicosidodecahedron shares its vertex arrangement with three nonconvex uniform polyhedra: the small stellated truncated dodecahedron, the small dodecicosidodecahedron (having the triangular and pentagonal faces in common), and the small rhombidodecahedron (having the square faces in common).

It also shares its vertex arrangement with the uniform compounds of six or twelve pentagrammic prisms.

Small rhombicosidodecahedron.png
Small dodecicosidodecahedron.png
Small dodecicosidodecahedron
Small rhombidodecahedron.png
Small rhombidodecahedron
Small stellated truncated dodecahedron.png
Small stellated truncated dodecahedron
UC36-6 pentagrammic prisms.png
Compound of six pentagrammic prisms
UC37-12 pentagrammic prisms.png
Compound of twelve pentagrammic prisms

Rhombicosidodecahedral graph

Rhombicosidodecahedral graph
Rhombicosidodecahedral graph.png
Pentagon centered Schlegel diagram
PropertiesQuartic graph, Hamiltonian, regular
Table of graphs and parameters

In the mathematical field of graph theory, a rhombicosidodecahedral graph is the graph of vertices and edges of the rhombicosidodecahedron, one of the Archimedean solids. It has 60 vertices and 120 edges, and is a quartic graph Archimedean graph.[4]

Square centered Schlegel diagram

See also


  1. ^ Harmonies Of The World by Johannes Kepler, Translated into English with an introduction and notes by E. J. Aiton, A. M. Duncan, "J. V. Field, 1997, ISBN 0-87169-209-0 (page 123)
  2. ^ Weisstein, Eric W. "Icosahedral group". MathWorld.
  3. ^ Weisstein, Eric W. "Zome". MathWorld.
  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.
  • The Big Bang Theory Series 8 Episode 2 - The Junior Professor Solution: features this solid as the answer to an impromptu science quiz the main four characters have in Leonard and Sheldon's apartment, and is also illustrated in Chuck Lorre's Vanity Card #461 at the end of that episode.

External links

  • Eric W. Weisstein, Small Rhombicosidodecahedron (Archimedean solid) at MathWorld.
  • Klitzing, Richard. "3D convex uniform polyhedra x3o5x - srid".
  • Editable printable net of a Rhombicosidodecahedron with interactive 3D view
  • The Uniform Polyhedra
  • Virtual Reality Polyhedra The Encyclopedia of Polyhedra