Discover the hidden spaces of Joo Chiat on Mini’s ExtraOddinary Trail

See the neighbourhood’s corners and alleyways in a new light with a series of art installations – for this weekend only



Space is the cornerstone of Mini’s existence, with the 1959 original forever revolutionising the way cars are designed and packaged.

Space is also the key focus of Mini’s latest project, but this time, it’s not about a car.

That’s because the brand, along with various collaborators, have taken over 18 spaces in the Joo Chiat/Katong neighbourhood – all alleyways and nooks and crannies – to create a pop-up art and walking trail for one weekend. Mini says it’s part of its global brand initiative to explore the creative use of space, and bring people together through community bonding.

Highlights of the trail include a giant hopscotch court and pavement chalk art (which the public can colour in), a 10-seater metal swing, a pop-up library with books on design and photography at Song Kee Eating House (try their fishball noodles – it’s good), an outdoor ping-pong and basketball play wall, and a do-it-yourself postcard printing station.

Mini ExtraOddinary is open to the public free of charge from 10am to 7pm on 16 December. Visitors are invited to use the interactive map at to plan their journey and read more about the installations.


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Jon Lim
CarBuyer's latest addition is its fourth historical Jonathan. Old-fashioned in all but body, he thinks car design peaked in the '90s. He also strongly believes any car can be a race car if you have a sufficient lack of self-preservation, which explains why he nearly flipped a Chinese van while racing it.