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Polyhedra in architecture. Part 5

Polyhedra in architecture

Architects have used the elements of polyhedra in designing their constructions since ancient times. Nowadays, this approach distinguishes buildings among thousands of others.

The Ministry of Defense in the USA has the shape of a regular pentagon.

Pentagon building in the shape of a pentagon

The name “Pentagon”, familiar to everyone, comes from the Greek “Penta” which means "five" and reflects the pentagonal shape of the building.


The military department in Russia also likes polyhedra. The building of the Academy of the General Staff (Moscow) was built in the shape of a regular octagon:

building octagon academy of the general staff


Team ART Kosekoma (our partner) made an interesting collection of architectural structures which have polyhedra or similar elements in their design:



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