In geometry, the gyrobifastigium is the 26th Johnson solid (J26). It can be constructed by joining two face-regular triangular prisms along corresponding square faces, giving a quarter-turn to one prism.[1] It is the only Johnson solid that can tile three-dimensional space.[2][3]

J25 - J26 - J27
Faces4 triangles
4 squares
Vertex configuration4(3.42)
Symmetry groupD2d
Dual polyhedronElongated tetragonal disphenoid
Propertiesconvex, honeycomb

It is also the vertex figure of the nonuniform p-q duoantiprism (if p and q are greater than 2). Despite the fact that p, q = 3 would yield a geometrically identical equivalent to the Johnson solid, it lacks a circumscribed sphere that touches all vertices, except for the case p = 5, q = 5/3, which represents a uniform great duoantiprism.

Its dual, the elongated tetragonal disphenoid, can be found as cells of the p-q duoantitegums (duals of the p-q duoantiprisms).

History and name

A Johnson solid is one of 92 strictly convex polyhedra that have regular faces but are not uniform (that is, they are not Platonic solids, Archimedean solids, prisms, or antiprisms). They were named by Norman Johnson, who first listed these polyhedra in 1966.[4]

The name of the gyrobifastigium comes from the Latin fastigium, meaning a sloping roof.[5] In the standard naming convention of the Johnson solids, bi- means two solids connected at their bases, and gyro- means the two halves are twisted with respect to each other.

The gyrobifastigium's place in the list of Johnson solids, immediately before the bicupolas, is explained by viewing it as a digonal gyrobicupola. Just as the other regular cupolas have an alternating sequence of squares and triangles surrounding a single polygon at the top (triangle, square or pentagon), each half of the gyrobifastigium consists of just alternating squares and triangles, connected at the top only by a ridge.


The gyrated triangular prismatic honeycomb can be constructed by packing together large numbers of identical gyrobifastigiums. The gyrobifastigium is one of five convex polyhedra with regular faces capable of space-filling (the others being the cube, truncated octahedron, triangular prism, and hexagonal prism) and it is the only Johnson solid capable of doing so.[2][3]


The following formulae for volume and surface area can be used if all faces are regular, with edge length a:

Topologically equivalent polyhedra

Schmitt–Conway–Danzer biprism

The Schmitt–Conway–Danzer biprism (also called a SCD prototile[6]) is a polyhedron topologically equivalent to the gyrobifastigium, but with parallelogram and irregular triangle faces instead of squares and equilateral triangles. Like the gyrobifastigium, it can fill space, but only aperiodically or with a screw symmetry, not with a full three-dimensional group of symmetries. Thus, it provides a partial solution to the three-dimensional einstein problem.[7][8]


The dual polyhedron of the gyrobifastigium has 8 faces: 4 isosceles triangles, corresponding to the degree-three vertices of the gyrobifastigium, and 4 parallelograms corresponding to the degree-four equatorial vertices.

See also


  1. Darling, David (2004), The Universal Book of Mathematics: From Abracadabra to Zeno's Paradoxes, John Wiley & Sons, p. 169, ISBN 9780471667001.
  2. Alam, S. M. Nazrul; Haas, Zygmunt J. (2006), "Coverage and Connectivity in Three-dimensional Networks", Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom '06), New York, NY, USA: ACM, pp. 346–357, arXiv:cs/0609069, doi:10.1145/1161089.1161128, ISBN 1-59593-286-0.
  3. Kepler, Johannes (2010), The Six-Cornered Snowflake, Paul Dry Books, Footnote 18, p. 146, ISBN 9781589882850.
  4. Johnson, Norman W. (1966), "Convex polyhedra with regular faces", Canadian Journal of Mathematics, 18: 169–200, doi:10.4153/cjm-1966-021-8, MR 0185507, Zbl 0132.14603.
  5. Rich, Anthony (1875), "Fastigium", in Smith, William (ed.), A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: John Murray, pp. 523–524.
  6. Forcing Nonperiodicity With a Single Tile Joshua E. S. Socolar and Joan M. Taylor, 2011
  7. Senechal, Marjorie (1996), "7.2 The SCD (Schmitt–Conway–Danzer) tile", Quasicrystals and Geometry, Cambridge University Press, pp. 209–213, ISBN 9780521575416.
  8. Tiling Space with a Schmitt-Conway Biprism wolfram demonstrations
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