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Pentakis dodecahedron

Pentakis dodecahedron

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Type Catalan solid
Coxeter diagram
Conway notation kD
Face type V5.6.6

isosceles triangle
Faces 60
Edges 90
Vertices 32
Vertices by type 20{6}+12{5}
Symmetry group Ih, H3, [5,3], (*532)
Rotation group I, [5,3]+, (532)
Dihedral angle 156° 43' 7"
\arccos ( -\frac{80 + 9\sqrt{5}}{109} )
Properties convex, face-transitive

Truncated icosahedron
(dual polyhedron)
Pentakis dodecahedron Net

In geometry, a pentakis dodecahedron or kisdodecahedron a dodecahedron with a pentagonal pyramid covering each face; that is, it is the Kleetope of the dodecahedron. This interpretation is expressed in its name. [1] There are in fact several topologically equivalent but geometrically distinct kinds of pentakis dodecahedron, depending on the height of the pentagonal pyramids. These include:

  • As the heights of the pentagonal pyramids are raised, at a certain point adjoining pairs of triangular faces merge to become rhombi, and the shape becomes a rhombic triacontahedron.
  • As the height is raised further, the shape becomes non-convex. In particular, an equilateral or deltahedron version of the pentakis dodecahedron, which has sixty equilateral triangular faces as shown in the adjoining figure, is slightly non-convex due to its taller pyramids (note, for example, the negative dihedral angle at the upper left of the figure).
A non-convex variant with equilateral triangular faces.

Other more non-convex geometric variants include:

If one affixes pentagrammic pyramids into Wenninger's third stellation of icosahedron one obtains the great icosahedron.


  • Chemistry 1
  • Biology 2
  • Orthogonal projections 3
  • Related polyhedra 4
  • Cultural references 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The pentakis dodecahedron in a model of buckminsterfullerene: each surface segment represents a carbon atom. Equivalently, a truncated icosahedron is a model of buckminsterfullerene, with each vertex representing a carbon atom.


The pentakis dodecahedron is also a model of some icosahedrally symmetric viruses, such as Adeno-associated virus. These have 60 symmetry related capsid proteins, which combine to make the 60 symmetrical faces of a pentakis dodecahedron.

Orthogonal projections

The pentakis dodecahedron has three symmetry positions, two on vertices, and one on a midedge:

Orthogonal projections
[2] [6] [10]

Related polyhedra

Spherical pentakis dodecahedron
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.
*n32 symmetry mutation of truncated tilings: n.6.6
Spherical Euclid. Compact hyperb. Parac. Noncompact hyperbolic
[12i,3] [9i,3] [6i,3]
Config. 2.6.6 3.6.6 4.6.6 5.6.6 6.6.6 7.6.6 8.6.6 ∞.6.6 12i.6.6 9i.6.6 6i.6.6
Config. V2.6.6 V3.6.6 V4.6.6 V5.6.6 V6.6.6 V7.6.6 V8.6.6 V∞.6.6 V12i.6.6 V9i.6.6 V6i.6.6

Cultural references

  • Spaceship Earth in Walt Disney World's Epcot is based on one.
  • The model for a campus arts workshop designed by Jeffrey Lindsay was actually a hemispherical pentakis dodecahedron
  • The shape of the "Crystal Dome" used in the popular TV game show The Crystal Maze was based on a pentakis dodecahedron.
  • In Doctor Atomic, the shape of the first atomic bomb detonated in New Mexico was a pentakis dodecahedron.[3]
  • In De Blob 2 in the Prison Zoo, domes are made up of parts of a Pentakis Dodecahedron. These Domes also appear whenever the player transforms on a dome in the Hypno Ray level.
  • Some Geodomes in which people play on are Pentakis Dodecahedra.


  1. ^ Conway, Symmetries of things, p.284
  • (Section 3-9)  
  • (The thirteen semiregular convex polyhedra and their duals, Page 18, Pentakisdodecahedron)  
  • The Symmetries of Things 2008, John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel, Chaim Goodman-Strass, ISBN 978-1-56881-220-5 [4] (Chapter 21, Naming the Archimedean and Catalan polyhedra and tilings, page 284, Pentakis dodecahedron )

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