Elongated dodecahedron

In geometry, the elongated dodecahedron,[1] extended rhombic dodecahedron, rhombo-hexagonal dodecahedron[2] or hexarhombic dodecahedron[3] is a convex dodecahedron with 8 rhombic and 4 hexagonal faces. The hexagons can be made equilateral, or regular depending on the shape of the rhombi. It can be seen as constructed from a rhombic dodecahedron elongated by a square prism. Along with the rhombic dodecahedron, it is a space-filling polyhedron.

Elongated dodecahedron
Faces8 rhombi
4 hexagons
Vertex configuration(8) 4.6.6
(8) 4.4.6
Symmetry groupD4h, [4,2], (*422), order 16
Rotation groupD4, [4,2]+, (422), order 8
Dual polyhedronsquare biantiprism
Propertiesconvex, parallelohedron


This is related to the rhombic dodecahedral honeycomb with an elongation of zero. Projected normal to the elongation direction, the honeycomb looks like a square tiling with the rhombi projected into squares.


The expanded dodecahedra can be distorted into cubic volumes, with the honeycomb as a half-offset stacking of cubes. It can also be made concave by adjusting the 8 corners downward by the same amount as the centers are moved up.

Coplanar polyhedron






The elongated dodecahedron can be constructed as a contraction of a uniform truncated octahedron, where square faces are reduced to single edges and regular hexagonal faces are reduced to 60 degree rhombic faces (or pairs of equilateral triangles). This construction alternates square and rhombi on the 4-valence vertices, and has half the symmetry, D2h symmetry, order 8.

Contracted truncated octahedron



See also


  1. Coxeter (1973) p.257
  2. Williamson (1979) p169
  3. Fedorov's five parallelohedra in R³
  • Williams, Robert (1979). The Geometrical Foundation of Natural Structure: A Source Book of Design. Dover Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-486-23729-X. rhombo-hexagonal dodecahedron, p169
  • H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular Polytopes, Third edition, (1973), Dover edition, ISBN 0-486-61480-8 p. 257
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