Officers club – Student’s Cultural Center

The building of the Student’s Cultural Center abbreviated as "SKC" and the former Officers Club is located in the center of Belgrade in the King Milan’s Street. This landmark and a cultural monument of Belgrade is a very important center of Belgrade’s youth culture and education and is one of the places to visit during your Belgrade tour.

The building was erected at the end of the nineteenth century in 1895 by the architects Jovan Ilkic and Milorad Ruvidic. It’s previous and the present day functions had the very important role in the cultural and the political development of the city of Belgrade. The original function at the time it was built when it represented the Officers Club was related to the period when the Serbian state was getting more powerful after the declaration of the Kingdom and also for the change in tradition of this area that had many military objects located on its ground during the nineteenth century. These military buildings were the old barracks from the time of Prince Milos, the Riding school, the barracks from the 7th regiment and many others.

Officers club was meant to provide space for recreation and leisure. Between the two world wars the Club had hosted the Grand balls and exhibitions and it was the important gathering place of the Belgrade residents, and had changed the purpose of this area that used to be strictly military oriented.

It underwent the reconstruction between 1969 and 1971 in order to suit the purpose of the Students cultural center. The building was given to the University of Belgrade and students after major student protests in 1968. From then onwards, SKC has been and remains an important place of Belgrade youth and avant-garde movement which brought many notable authors in all fields of art. During the Socialist rule, when all the other spaces were closed for a genuine and critical thought, the SKC was presented by the young, brave and rebellious students of Belgrade.
 
In addition to the major events of the intermediate and interdisciplinary character (which is the way SKC had entered the Belgrade cultural life in the seventies), the practice of art workshops, establishment of research groups and giving support to various projects and demo productions, SKC had again, in a unique way, profiled the Belgrade's cultural scene over the next decade. It has also achieved international contacts and programs in the nineties when Serbia was under the international sanctions and gave an example of successful cultural breakthrough out of the isolation the country was in.
 
Even today,  at least  fifty people in SKC is dedicated to the implementation of 1000 programs per year, and are finding the ways to enable many individuals, groups and institutions to present their works, projects and ideas to the audience.
 
The original appearance of the building after the reconstruction is similar to the present in its basic features (the volume, the corner tower, ornaments) but the structure and the decorations of the interior were changed. The original corner entrance was closed, and a new spacious entrance with a hall was opened from the Resavska Street. Despite the change in its function and a partial change of the form, its corner position and reminiscence to a fortress, make it the valuable monument of the late nineteenth-century development of Belgrade.