The Pentagonal Antiprism

The pentagonal antiprism is a 3D uniform polyhedron bounded by 2 pentagonal faces and 10 triangles. It has 20 edges and 10 vertices.

The pentagonal

The pentagonal antiprism can be derived from the regular icosahedron by cutting off two opposite vertices. Conversely, we can erect two pentagonal pyramids on the pentagonal antiprism, one on each of its pentagonal faces, and thus obtain the icosahedron.


In order to be able to identify the pentagonal antiprism in various projections of 4D objects, it is useful to know how it appears from various viewpoints. The following are some of the commonly-encountered views:

Projection Envelope Description
Regular decagon

Parallel projection centered on a pentagonal face.


Parallel projection parallel to pentagonal faces.


Parallel projection centered on an edge shared by two triangular faces.


Vertex-centered parallel projection.


The Cartesian coordinates of the pentagonal antiprism, centered on the origin and having edge length 2, are:

where φ=(1+√5)/2 is the Golden Ratio.

These coordinates give a pentagonal antiprism parallel to the XY plane, in a “nice” orientation for placing in 3D scenes.

An alternative set of coordinates can be obtained by exploiting the pentagonal antiprism's connection with the icosahedron. Removing two opposite vertices from the icosahedron and taking the convex hull of the remaining 10 vertices yields the pentagonal antiprism. Taking the origin-centered coordinates for the icosahedron as our starting point, we obtain the following origin-centered coordinates for the pentagonal antiprism:

These coordinates do not yield a nice orientation of the pentagonal antiprism, but they are “algebraically nicer” in that all coordinates can be expressed in terms of multiples of the Golden Ratio, and do not involve nested radicals.


The pentagonal antiprism occurs as cells in the grand antiprism.

Last updated 06 Sep 2011.

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