The Art Dome
Tucked into the rocky hill and forested countryside of the Austin Cuernavaca Neighborhood, there stands the domed home of artist Katy Nail and her husband and broadcast journalist Jim Swift. The house is constructed from five connected blown concrete domes, lit by its many windows and 27 skylight panels.
Built in the late seventies by Austin musicians (isn’t that everyone in Austin?) the house’s previous owners left handwritten notes about the home’s healing powers to it’s next generation of owners. Katy attributes this to its comforting curved walls and feminine qualities that create an almost sacred space.
When asked about “what’s the most difficult aspect about living in a domed house?”, Katy, a painter, had to confess that curved walls are a little tough for hanging paintings.
The exterior garden is another major feature. Designed with the help of Frank Meyer (another Austin musician) it includes a wood burning oven, art, arbor, labyrinth and chickens. Between the house and the garden you will be transported to another world.