Centre Jean-Jacques Gautier

Centre Jean-Jacques Gautier is the new headquarters for APT’s growing team, constructed in 2012 on the site of the former office.

This global centre for advocacy, analysis and action on the prevention of torture is dedicated to the memory of APT’s founder Jean-Jacques Gautier (1912-1986) and his commitment to the fight against torture. From this new office, situated in the heart of international Geneva, the APT will be better equipped to respond to the increasing demands from all parts of the world for support on torture prevention action.

Centre Jean-Jacques Gautier was formally inaugurated on 21 September 2012, celebrating the 100th year’s anniversary of the birth of APT’s founder.

Respect for the environment

Designed and built by a consortium composed of Swiss architects Charpente Concept (Thomas Büchi) and GMAA, the Centre Jean-Jacques Gautier respects the principles of sustainable development. The certification Minergie guarantees that the building is environmentally sound and that it has highly effective energy consumption, without the use of fossil fuels like petrol, gas or coal. The Centre has been built mainly using Swiss certified wood.

Visiting information

Within its new Centre Jean-Jacques Gautier the APT is able to offer better support to national and international partners who visit Geneva. For more information on the use of guest working space and the Martita Jöhr Meeting Room, please contact Catherine Felder, tel: +41 (0)22 9192170.


The APT wishes to thank the Hans Wilsdorf foundation, the Loterie Romande, Catherine Gautier, feu Martita Jöhr, Artists Against Torture and all individuals who have contributed to the construction.