Chez Georges is a slice of Brazilian Modernism with a musical twist in Rio de Janeiro.
Designed by mid-century architect Wladimir Alves de Souza in 1974, the holiday home sits on a hilltop in the city’s Santa Teresa neighbourhood, and comprises a seven-bedroom Modernist villa and separate recording studio.
Its studio is is hooked up to a music production room, secreted below the villa’s private 15-meter-long pool, which transforms the building into a huge recording space. ‘Patches are fitted in the walls of most suites, living areas and even the panoramic viewpoint on the roof,’ explains its owners Pierre Bident Moldeva and Olivier Verwilghen. ‘Each has its particular sound ambience.’
Chez Georges is entered via a Brutalist concrete pergola and a towering six-metre-tall door. Rooms inside the property – available to rent via Design Hotels from around €5723 per night – feature floor-to-ceiling glazing, as well as concrete beamed ceilings, wooden floors and white walls.
The interior design of the Brazilian holiday home is by Yorick Piette, who worked closely with the couple to curate Chez Georges’ furnishings. Brazilian and European pieces by the likes of Nils Jonsson, Jo Hammerbörg, VB Wilkins, and Ricardo Fasanello are mixed with flea-market finds picked up in Paris, Ghent and Antwerp.
Moldeva and Verwilghen also commissioned artist Miriam Löllmann to design a concrete and steel artwork which has been integrated into the fibre of the building.
Chez Georges sits on the edge of a protected forest, between Rio’s centre and Copacabana beach, with views of Sugarloaf Mountain and Guanabara Bay.