Geoffrey Bawa was a renowned architect, yet the way he had of allocating space within his three houses is overlooked. This essay suggests that his methodology gives rise to a dichotomy, which finds its physical expression in the spatial configuration, the circulation scheme, the demarcation of interior from exterior, and the visual experience. The personal and professional formation of this architect reveal an oscillation in focus between home and abroad, between local and international, and between inside and outside society, and we can read this regional problematic in many ways, including the spatial arrangements of his domestic architecture. Through these, we may find an alternate view about whether Bawa was a representative of international or regional culture.