Geometric Constructions of Korean Danchong Patterns and Building Platonic Solids

Kyongil Yoon, Hyunkyung Kim and Reza Sarhangi
Proceedings of Bridges 2014: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2014)
Pages 525–532 Workshop Papers


Danchong is drawn patterns or paintings on wooden buildings to protect the structures from being weathered and decorate them. Five basic colors of Wu Xing and compound colors of them are used, and patterns are drawn under certain rules. It is found from most Korean palaces and temples. The purpose of this workshop is to understand danchong, try to regenerate some of its patterns using geometric constructions, and finally apply generated patterns to cover faces of Platonic solids.