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A hardcover city guide with all the secret spots and amazing stories no one told you about.
A hardcover city guide with all the secret spots and amazing stories no one told you about.
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Architectour: The ultimate guide for the urban explorer



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When visiting the world's best cities, are you the kind of person who wants to; find the hidden spots, the breathtaking views, learn the amazing stories and avoid the mundane tourist trail? What if you could have all this information and also live the experience unspoiled?

"More than a travel guide, this book is a trip itself" - World Traveler

Architectour Guide is a beautifully designed 21x13cm hardcover book which has a special focus on thrilling stories. This is a guide of places you’ll remember.

Each city guide will contain:

  • +300 amazing spots for you to get lost in 
  • +200 places to sketch 
  • +700 not so obvious places from which to take your next big shot
  • A large fold-out map featureing clear, easy-to-read cartography
  • Delightful itineraries such as "Happy Rainy Days" or "Drink with a view" 
  • Specific instructions on how to visit not so accesible places
  • Pro tips on how to pay less 
  • And NO photographs. Photographs spoil our first impressions. 

Architectour's mission is to give more exposure to the world's best architecture. Buildings are meant to be visited, otherwise they die. Proudly driven to keep good architecture alive so it will inspire more architects, designers and citizens to build more excellent architecture in the future.

The guide is made for the urban explorer, an individual who loves discovering cities in a different way. Architectour Guide collects the best spaces of a city inspiring travelers to craft their trips in a unique way, making it easier for us to visit, understand and photograph each of these places. As a consequence, us travelers will be helping to keep buildings alive.

Who is an urban explorer?

  • Architects/ Architecture lovers 
  • Designers 
  • Photographers 
  • Upstanding citizens
  • Artists 
  • Locals 
  • Travelers 

Traveling is discovering. Traveling is caring. Traveling is being surprised. The experience of being immersed in a city is quite a unique thing when done right. Current guides lack this approach and therefore fail to engage travelers with the cities they visit. Architectour Guide is focused on making the most for each explorer's traveling experience.

Some of its unique factors:

  • Every location has a personal hand-drawn sketch that provides enough information without spoiling your first impression
  • It includes the celebrated spots but also the lesser known and equally vibrant secret places
  • Places are sorted in ordered of proximity, not category, making it easier to get lost in a logical way. 
  • It provides specific information on how to visit not so accesible places
  • Each site's description is made by three amazing facts. No wikipedia-lenghted explanations. 
  • A timeline is included so you can actually figure out the context by yourself. 
  • Its thoughtful size and weight were designed to be easy to carry. 


Architectour will be printed on high quality, recycled, and bleed resistant A5 paper, then lovingly hand bound in a durable hard cover complete with an elastic enclosure strap, similar to a Moleskine.

Sketches were drawn in the best Hahnemühle paper (museum quality), with the most remarkable pens by Rotring using waterproof ink by Faber Castell. 


As an architect, I've always been fascinated by the stories behind each building (why was it built that way? what were the beliefs of the architect? who used the building? who died there?). As a traveler, I find joy in discovering places I didn't know about. As a citizen, I love contributing in the well-being of buildings. For me, it isn't enough to just check the building online, as there is something special in visiting the site in person. The problem is that these extraordinary buildings and their stories are somehow hidden.

Back in 2012 I created my first architecture guide as a way to keep track of the secret places and precious stories I found. Then I continued creating more and more guides. This allowed me to share them with more people so they could visit too. When my first guide: Chicago got 100,000 downloads, I decided it was time to create something of bigger value with the feedback people had been giving me during this time.

During the past year, a group of 1,000 lovely travelers helped me craft what we believe is the most powerful guide in the market. I visited and drew every single building that was potentially going to be included and selected the best.

I strongly believe in how these guides will change the way we perceive cities. People need to be engaged with the extraordinary architecture there is in the world in order to take action to preserve the good buildings and never build again the bad ones.

I see these guides as a tool to engage people with their future cities. As an architect, this is my humble way of building a better world.

 This is an overview of the calendar and expected milestones:


A breathtaking journey

This big dream started as a Google Map and then a PDF on a blog. I shared these guides so more people could visit the amazing places I discovered. At some point it wasn't only me using these guides but people from all over the world who shared this traveling passion with me.

People using my guides
People using my guides

These guides started to get a lot of traction so I asked the users to provide feedback in several matters that concerned the traveling experience.

Surveys in the concept design
Surveys in the concept design

While I was asking all these questions, I was exploring and reading like I had never done before. Which were the hidden stories? The people who changed the course of the city's history? The abandoned sites?

Research & Visits, October 2016
Research & Visits, October 2016

I found amazing stories hidden in encyclopedia-length websites of the government and other unexpected places. When I verified the stories and they were true (because some of them weren't) I found pure joy.

On site drawings
On site drawings

On site drawings helped me understand every building by paying careful attention to it. You not only learn about its proportions and symmetry but also about its hidden features.

I visited every corner of the city and learnt its best angles to photograph its stunning architecture. And then did all the sketches.



Printing process
Printing process


This guide is for architecture lovers, those curious individuals who appreciate the uniqueness of every city, who relentlessly read about their buildings and who enjoy exploring them.

As a society we are all responsible for the buildings we create and, as a consequence, the way cities evolve. We are more likely to support good architecture if we can recognize it. By visiting the guide's sites you'll not only be discovering incredible buildings but you will also help keeping these places alive. Maybe you will contribute saving a building in the future, live in a better place yourself or help others to do so.

The money will be solely used in the first large scale production of Paris, New York and London guides, including manufacturing and shipping. This will be mainly distributed in an editor, printing, shipping, Kickstarter payments fee (10%) a few possible additional printing costs, unexpected costs and taxes.

I need your help so that we can work with a brilliant printer to create and distribute the first copies of this thrilling guide and place it in the hands of people all around the world. 

Inspire every traveler in your network by sharing Architectour with them. How? It's super easy, just click on one of these buttons and share it!

Also, share on social media this Kickstarter with your friends, shoot us an e-mail at [email protected] and you will get a free postcard with your guide.




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Please spread the word and help this project! Thank you!


Risks and challenges

The process of creating a physical book from scratch has proven to be an incredibly difficult process, but as an architect, high quality printing is my second nature.

I'll be using a fulfillment company to ship the books out once printed, and it's possible this will take a little longer than I'd like, so you never know what could go wrong with printing complications.

I want you to enjoy the first guide: London as soon as possible so you can start discovering this vibrant city in early August 2017! If I receive more funds than expected, I will probably be able to ship it even before that.

I take responsibility to make sure that Architectour is as open and as transparent as possible when it comes to this campaign.

I couldn't be more passionate about this guide and can't wait to send it to all the lovely backers.

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